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The San Andreas Fault
This United States Geological Survey (USGS) publication discusses the San Andreas Fault in California; specifically what has caused the fault, where it is located, surface features that characterize it, and movement that has occurred. General earthquake information includes an explanation of what earthquakes are, and earthquake magnitude versus intensity. Earthquakes that have occurred along the fault are covered, as well as where the next large one may occur and what can be done about large earthquakes in general.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Book
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
  • Natural hazards
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-500
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: USGS Information Services

Author: Sandra S. Schulz
United States Geological Survey

Author: Robert E. Wallace
United States Geological Survey