Paleoseismology and Global Positioning System: Earthquake-Cycle Effects and Gversus Geologic Fault Slip Rates in the Eastern California Shear Zone
GPS, earthquake cycle, paleoseismology, fault slip rates
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Published slip rates for the Owens Valley fault zone in eastern California based on geodetic data and elastic half-space models (5–7 mm/yr) are faster than longer term geologic rates (2–3 mm/yr). We use Global Positioning System data spanning the central Owens Valley, a more realistic rheological model with an elastic upper crust over a viscoelastic lower crust and upper mantle, and paleoseismic data from adjacent faults, to show that this difference could reflect earthquake-cycle effects. We estimate a long-term rate (2.1 ± 0.7 mm/yr) and earthquake recurrence interval (2750 +350/−1000 yr) from the geodetic data, both in agreement with independent geologic estimates.
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Geology, v. 31, issue 1, p. 55-58
Scholar Commons Citation
Dixon, Timothy H.; Norabuena, E.; and Hotaling, L., "Paleoseismology and Global Positioning System: Earthquake-Cycle Effects and Gversus Geologic Fault Slip Rates in the Eastern California Shear Zone" (2003). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 465.