Timothy M. Ross, Bruce P. Luyendyk, Roger B. Haston; Paleomagnetic evidence for Neogene clockwise tectonic rotations in the central Mojave Desert, California. Geology ; 17 (5): 470–473. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1989)017<0470:PEFNCT>2.3.CO;2
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Paleomagnetic directions from early Miocene volcanic flows indicate that a large part of the central Mojave Desert has been tectonically rotated. Stratigraphic relations and isotopic ages suggest that two separate clockwise rotations have occurred. An early Miocene rotation of 50° ±15.6° is coincident in time and space with opening of the Daggett extensional terrane. A post-early Miocene rotation of 30° to 50° may have affected the Alvord Mountains and the immediate vicinity.