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The San Andreas Fault from above

June 24, 2009
clipped from www.environmentalgraffiti.com

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The name of the San Andreas Fault precedes itself like, well, an immense and unavoidable rift in the earth’s surface. Running some 1,300 kilometres through the US state of California and reaching a depth of 15 to 20 kilometres, the San Andreas forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and North American Plates. Yet because of its vast size, it’s difficult to grasp this giant geological feature; except, that is, when you look at it from above.

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View along the fault where it cuts along the base of the Temblor Mountains

View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California
Breathtaking views: Carrizo Plain southeast along the San Andreas Fault

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Autumnal hues: Northwest along the fault line

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Deep erosion in the valley: San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain

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Panorama supreme: The fault line arcs into the distance

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A historical perspective: View south along the scarp

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Thrown off course: Stream offset by the San Andreas Fault

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San Andreas from space: The fault line at Palmdale, CA

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Another space perspective: The San Andreas

Mission: Shuttle radar topography

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