The Fish Springs fault is a strand of the Owens Valley fault zone.
The fault vertically displaces debris-flow fans, abandoned stream channels, a cinder cone, and lava of Crater Mountain. The site provides an excellent opportunity to investigate long-term displacement rates.
Before sampling for cosmogenic isotopes, we mapped the fans at Fish Springs in detail. We identified 5 fans with different ages.
In order of decreasing age the fans are:
north fan C
north fan A
north fan B
Map of fan units, cinder cone, and fault
We measured 10-Be and 26-Al in 34 granitic boulders on the five fan surfaces. We also dug 11 pits on three fan surfaces to examine soil development.
Backhoe digging our pits
For a brief description of what we found, read our abstract. We also provide more detailed information about cosmogenic ages, soils, and displacement rates.
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