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Neotectonics of the northern Mojave Desert

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Knowledge gained, questions asked: As more and more information has become available through field investigations and geologic mapping, scientists are now able to try to answer key questions about how the regional fault system has evolved over time and what we might be able to best inform the public about potential earthquake hazards in the region and both reduce the costs of potential damage from strong earthquakes in the region. Scientists use a variety of data collection methods using geophysical methods (measuring and subtle variations in gravity, and magnetic electrical properties of rocks, seismic vibrations from earthquakes). Information from field mapping is compiled into database and can be analyzed with a variety of new computer modeling and mapping technologies. Today, geoscientists can ask questions, test hypotheses, and find ponder answers that would have seemed impossible in the past. The creation of dataset, like geologic and geophysical maps (raw and tested data) is fundamental to scientific research!

Questions about neotectonics in the Mojave Desert region of California

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