New views on the evolution of the San Andreas fault zone in central California and the Carrizo Plain
Sinan O. Akçiz, J Ramón Arrowsmith, 2013. "New views on the evolution of the San Andreas fault zone in central California and the Carrizo Plain", Geologic Excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley, Keith Putirka
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The San Andreas fault is arguably the best-studied strike-slip fault in the world, and our understanding of its evolution continues to improve as new data become available. This trip will take the participants to a selection of some classical as well as some new sites that will highlight a revised understanding of the San Andreas fault's recent history based on our geomorphological, paleoseismologic, and paleoclimate investigations.
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In this volume we present seven field trip guides that span the breadth of the geology of central California. The trips are associated with the 2013 Cordilleran Section meeting of the Geological Society of America, convened in Fresno, California. These trips provide guides to some of the most remarkable of geologic localities, which are not only iconic, but form type examples of key geologic phenomena and include Yosemite National Park, the San Andreas fault, the Franciscan complex, and the Sierra Nevada Foothills near Fresno, California. The topics covered by these field trips include the nature of continental transform faults, the initiation of subduction, the origin of the Sierra Nevada batholith, the initiation of the Sierra Nevada arc, Pleistocene vertebrate fossils of the Central Valley, and debris flows triggered from burned watersheds.