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The Kings Canyon lineament, central California
AuthorTroutman, Thomas William
Geological Sciences and Engineering
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The Kings Canyon Lineament appears on LANDSAT imagery as an alignment of geomorphic features extending 225 miles between the Diablo Range and the Panamint Range. The N75°W trend of the lineament cuts obliquely across the northwest- southeast structural grain of the Coast Ranges, San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Basin and Range province. The lineament is marked by a strip of non-irrigated land in the San Joaquin Valley, the aligned drainages of the Kings River and its South Fork, and Bubbs Creek in the Sierra Nevada, and the mountains separating Saline and Panamint Valleys. Several regional structural elements trend roughly parallel to the Kings Canyon Lineament. However, no fault offsets were observed along the lineament. A correlation of the lineament with east-west-trending Mesozoic faults appears likely. A model suggesting the Kings Canyon Lineament represents a continental extension of a middle to late Mesozoic transform fault has been presented.
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