This isostatic residual gravity map is part of the Southern California Areal Mapping Project (SCAMP) and is intended to promote further understanding of the geology in the Los Angeles 30 x 60 minute quadrangle, California, by serving as a basis for geophysical interpretations and by supporting both geological mapping and topical (especially earthquake) studies. Local spatial variations in the Earth's gravity field (after various corrections for elevation, terrain, and deep crustal structure explained below) reflect the lateral variation in density in the mid- to upper crust. Densities often can be related to rock type, and abrupt spatial changes in density commonly mark lithologic boundaries. The map shows contours of isostatic gravity overlain on a simplified geology including faults and rock types. The map is draped over shaded-relief topography to show landforms.
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Isostatic gravity map with simplified geology of the Los Angeles 30 x 60 minute quadrangle
U.S. Geological Survey
Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center
Readme; Metadata; Map: PDF, 55.16 x 36.35 inches; Map: EPS; Data