A few years ago, I drew some comics starring personifications of California’s faults for an outreach event. Due to lack of funding, we were never able to get the comics printed. There’s another outreach event coming up, though, and I’ll get to bring the comics to this one. I can’t look at the stuff from 2009 without thinking about how terrible it looks, so I’m redrawing things. Luckily, this event only focuses on the southern desert faults, so I don’t have to redraw all 28 pages right now!
The Elsinore Fault and I, just hanging out yesterday afternoon.
The sharp contrast between the purplish rocks and the yellowish rocks is the fault, expressing itself very clearly.
The sharp contrast between the light and dark on my arms is evidence that I haven’t been getting outside enough. Ah, grad school.
The Carrizo Plain from the air. Taken with a basic point-and-click camera from the window of a JetBlue flight from Long Beach to Oakland (left side of the plane, if you’re interested).
Oh San Andreas Fault, look how incredibly obvious you are!
(I also got some pics of right-lateral offsets in streams, but they came out a bit grainy because of the zoom.)
San Francisco lovers will enjoy this clip from a documentary on the building of the Bay Bridge in the 1930s. If it seems like deja vu, it’s because part of that bridge is currently being replaced because of earthquake concerns.
Predictable reblog is predictable!
But this is awesome. Does anyone know if the entire documentary is still around anywhere?—
A 3-D view of the surface rupture of the April 4, 2010, El Mayor–Cucapah Earthquake (red line) reveals a new fault line connecting the Gulf of California with the Elsinore fault, which is likely to become the main fault at the boundary between the Pacific and the North America plates. Credit: Caltech’s Tectonics Observatory. (via Caltech)
Complex and bizarre fault geometry for the win!
(Though I’m surprised about this “Superficial Simplicity” part of the title of the Nature Geoscience paper. The mapped surface rupture from this event is a mess!)