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Steady state deformation of the Coso Range, east central California, inferred from satellite radar interferometry

Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth

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Abstract

Observations of deformation from 1992 to 1997 in the southern Coso Range using satellite radar interferometry show deformation rates of up to 35 mm yr-1 in an area ???10 km by 15 km. The deformation is most likely the result of subsidence in an area around the Coso geothermal field. The deformation signal has a short-wavelength component, related to production in the field, and a long-wavelength component, deforming at a constant rate, that may represent a source of deformation deeper than the geothermal reservoir. We have modeled the long-wavelength component of deformation and inferred a deformation source at ???4 km depth. The source depth is near the brittle-ductile transition depth (inferred from seismicity) and ???1.5 km above the top of the rhyolite magma body that was a source for the most recent volcanic eruption in the Coso volcanic field [Manley and Bacon, 2000]. From this evidence and results of other studies in the Coso Range, we interpret the source to be a leaking deep reservoir of magmatic fluids derived from a crystallizing rhyolite magma body.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Steady state deformation of the Coso Range, east central California, inferred from satellite radar interferometry
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
Volume
106
Issue:
B7
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
13769
Last page:
13780
Number of Pages:
12