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Southern California Geology


Geologic setting and history of Southern California

Southern California's geologic setting and geologic history are as dynamic as the more than 20 million people that inhabit its landscape. The region has been shaped by restless earth forces that not only have created the mountains, valleys, deserts, and coastal lowlands we call home, but have created diverse geologic materials and geologic structures that form the landscape's foundation. These geologic elements include a broad diversity of rocks, geologic structures (faults and folds), and surficial geologic materials.

Major Faults -Geologic setting and geologic history of major fault zones in southern California

Major Geologic Provinces -Geologic history of major geologic provinces in southern California

Surficial Geologic Materials -Geologic setting, geologic history, and classification of surficial deposits in southern California

Crustal Strain and Crustal Structure -Crustal-deformation studies in southern California

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