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Physiographic features of the Panamint Range, California

John Haviland Maxson
Physiographic features of the Panamint Range, California
Bulletin of the Geological Society of America (February 1950) 61 (2): 99-114


The Panamint Range, California, exemplifies many of the characteristic geomorphic features of basin ranges. The central part of the range was an inselberg on a pre-faulting surface of generally low to moderate relief developed in an arid climate. The Panamint block was brought into strong relief presumably by late Pliocene and early Pleistocene downfaulting of adjacent basin blocks on faults of variable dip. Movement was in part strike-slip; the Panamint Valley block moved northward and down with respect to the mountain block. In addition the Panamint block and adjacent depressed Death Valley block were rotated eastward. Fan remnants were uplifted on the Panamint Valley scarp, and alluvial fans were entrenched in Death Valley. Streams in the southern part of the west flank of the range cut valleys of V in V cross profile, and their longitudinal profiles developed convexities at and near the margin of the range because of successive uplifts or accelerations in uplift.

ISSN: 1050-9747
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 61
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Physiographic features of the Panamint Range, California
Pages: 99-114
Published: 195002
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 1959-020663
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
N35°45'00" - N37°00'00", W117°40'00" - W116°55'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States
Update Code: 1959
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