Kern Canyon Fault

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The Kern Canyon Fault is a geological fault which runs the length of Kern Canyon in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

The fault was once considered inactive, but recent studies show the contrary.[1][2]

The fault is a break in the southern section of the Sierra Nevada-Great Valley Block, manifesting differences in the stresses in this region over a period of over 100 million years. The fault was formerly right lateral-moving (horizontal sliding), but has changed to a normal (vertical lifting) mode of motion over the past several thousands of years.[2]

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  1. ^ Nadin, E. S.; Saleeby, J. B. (2005). "Recent Motion on the Kern Canyon Fault, Southern Sierra Nevada, California". American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting. 51: 1369. Bibcode:2005AGUFM.T51D1369N. #T51D-1369. 
  2. ^ a b Nadin, Elisabeth S.; Saleeby, Jason B. (September 2010). "Quaternary Reactivation of the Kern Canyon Fault System, Southern Sierra Nevada, California". GSA Bulletin. 122 (9–10): 1671–1685. Bibcode:2010GSAB..122.1671N. doi:10.1130/B30009.1. 

Coordinates: 35°36′N 118°30′W / 35.6°N 118.5°W / 35.6; -118.5