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Title: The Honey Lake fault zone, northeastern California: Its nature, age, and displacement

Abstract

The Honey Lake fault zone of northeastern California is composed of en echelon, northwest trending faults that form the boundary between the Sierra Nevada and the Basin Ranges provinces. As such the Honey Lake fault zone can be considered part of the Sierra Nevada frontal fault system. It is also part of the Walker Lane of Nevada. Faults of the Honey Lake zone are vertical with right-lateral oblique displacements. The cumulative vertical component of displacement along the fault zone is on the order of 800 m and right-lateral displacement is at least 10 km (6 miles) but could be considerably more. Oligocene to Miocene (30 to 22 Ma) age rhyolite tuffs can be correlated across the zone, but mid-Miocene andesites do not appear to be correlative indicating the faulting began in early to mid-Miocene time. Volcanic rocks intruded along faults of the zone, dated at 16 to 8 Ma, further suggest that faulting in the Honey Lake zone was initiated during mid-Miocene time. Late Quaternary to Holocene activity is indicated by offset of the 12,000 year old Lake Lahontan high stand shoreline and the surface rupture associated with the 1950 Fort Sage earthquake.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6286769
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6286769
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
California Geology (California Division of Mines and Geology); (USA)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 43:2; Journal ID: ISSN 0026-4555
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; CALIFORNIA; GEOLOGIC FAULTS; CREEP; EARTHQUAKES; GEOLOGIC FORMATIONS; GEOLOGIC HISTORY; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; LAKES; MIOCENE EPOCH; NEVADA; QUATERNARY PERIOD; SEDIMENTARY BASINS; TERTIARY PERIOD; CENOZOIC ERA; FEDERAL REGION IX; GEOLOGIC AGES; GEOLOGIC FRACTURES; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; NORTH AMERICA; SEISMIC EVENTS; SURFACE WATERS; USA 580000* -- Geosciences

Citation Formats

Wagner, D.L., Saucedo, G.J., and Grose, T.L.T. The Honey Lake fault zone, northeastern California: Its nature, age, and displacement. United States: N. p., 1990. Web.
Wagner, D.L., Saucedo, G.J., & Grose, T.L.T. The Honey Lake fault zone, northeastern California: Its nature, age, and displacement. United States.
Wagner, D.L., Saucedo, G.J., and Grose, T.L.T. Mon . "The Honey Lake fault zone, northeastern California: Its nature, age, and displacement". United States.
@article{osti_6286769,
title = {The Honey Lake fault zone, northeastern California: Its nature, age, and displacement},
author = {Wagner, D.L. and Saucedo, G.J. and Grose, T.L.T.},
abstractNote = {The Honey Lake fault zone of northeastern California is composed of en echelon, northwest trending faults that form the boundary between the Sierra Nevada and the Basin Ranges provinces. As such the Honey Lake fault zone can be considered part of the Sierra Nevada frontal fault system. It is also part of the Walker Lane of Nevada. Faults of the Honey Lake zone are vertical with right-lateral oblique displacements. The cumulative vertical component of displacement along the fault zone is on the order of 800 m and right-lateral displacement is at least 10 km (6 miles) but could be considerably more. Oligocene to Miocene (30 to 22 Ma) age rhyolite tuffs can be correlated across the zone, but mid-Miocene andesites do not appear to be correlative indicating the faulting began in early to mid-Miocene time. Volcanic rocks intruded along faults of the zone, dated at 16 to 8 Ma, further suggest that faulting in the Honey Lake zone was initiated during mid-Miocene time. Late Quaternary to Holocene activity is indicated by offset of the 12,000 year old Lake Lahontan high stand shoreline and the surface rupture associated with the 1950 Fort Sage earthquake.},
doi = {},
journal = {California Geology (California Division of Mines and Geology); (USA)},
issn = {0026-4555},
number = ,
volume = 43:2,
place = {United States},
year = {1990},
month = {1}
}