A kinematic model of southern California.

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We propose a kinematic model for southern California based on late Quaternary slip rates and orientations of major faults in the region. Internally consistent motions are determined assuming that these faults bound rigid blocks. The velocities of the blocks are calculated along several paths that begin in the Mojave Desert and end off the California coast. A path that crosses the western Transverse Ranges accumulates the accepted relative North America-Pacific plate velocity, whereas paths to the north and south result in a significant missing component of motion. This implies the existence of a zone of active deformation in southern California that is interpreted to include the western Transverse Ranges and northwest trending, predominately strike-slip faults close to the coast both north and south of the Transverse Ranges. Strain on this system accounts for about a third of the total North America- Pacific plate motion. -from Authors

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A kinematic model of southern California.
Series title Tectonics
Volume 5
Issue 1
Year Published 1986
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Tectonics
First page 33
Last page 48