B. C BURCHFIEL, J. H STEWART; “PULL-APART” ORIGIN OF THE CENTRAL SEGMENT OF DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA. GSA Bulletin ; 77 (4): 439–442. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0016-7606(1966)77[439:POOTCS]2.0.CO;2
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The deep central segment of Death Valley, California, may be related to strike-slip faulting along the Death Valley fault zone. The trend of the fault zone along the central segment of Death Valley is slightly oblique to the fault trend elsewhere, and strike-slip movement may have caused a “pulling apart” of the two sides of the valley along this obliquely oriented segment of the fault.