Abstract

Geophysical surveys were made by the U. S. Geological Survey in Searles Lake basin and in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, California to test the application of geophysical exploration to the study of the geologic problems associated with the intermontane basins of southern California. In Searles Lake basin a coordinated gravity and seismic reflection and refraction survey indicated that the fill in the basin is about 3,300 feet thick with the greatest thickness occurring east of the center of the basin. The regional gravity data from the area near Barstow can be used to estimate the thickness and extent of the Tertiary and Quaternary deposits.

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