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The Cañones fault zone in north-central New Mexico is a boundary between the Colorado Plateau to the west and the Rio Grande rift to the east. It consists of a major fault, the Cañones fault, and a series of synthetic and antithetic normal faults within the Abiquiu embayment in the northwestern Española basin. The Cañones fault is a southeast-dipping high-angle normal fault, striking ~N20°E in the south, N40°E in the middle, and east-west at its northern end. The synthetic and antithetic faults are sub-parallel to the major fault. Detailed fault kinematic studies from the master fault reveal that the...

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