Abstract

We used the teleseismic receiver function technique to obtain a profile of the crustal thickness of the northern Peninsular Ranges, California. Depth to the Moho varies from ∼37 km beneath the western Peninsular Ranges batholith to ∼27 km at the western edge of the Salton trough, an average apparent dip of ∼10° to the west over a lateral distance of 60 km. We previously obtained a similar result for a profile ∼100 km to the south (a Moho dip of ∼20° over 30 km lateral distance). In both cases, the Moho depth variations do not correlate with topography of the eastern batholith, but rather appear to parallel the trend of a boundary that separates compositionally distinct eastern and western terranes. These observations suggest that a steeply dipping Moho is a regional feature beneath the eastern Peninsular Ranges, and that compensation is through lateral variations in crustal or upper mantle density rather than through an Airy root.

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