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Earthquake storms : the fascinating history and volatile future of the San Andreas Fault

Author: John Dvorak
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First Pegasus Books cloth editionView all editions and formats
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The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country-- San  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Dvorak
ISBN: 9781605984957 : 1605984957
OCLC Number: 829988962
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The swimmer --
A noble earthquake --
No occasion for alarm --
A tumult of motions and noises --
Bridging "the Golden Gate" --
Blue cut and the Mormon Rocks --
The troubled world of Charles Richter --
Of petrol and pinnacles --
A transformative idea --
To quake or not to quake --
Ancient tremors --
Disassembling California --
Earthquake storms --
Epilogue: Bodega Bay.
Responsibility: John Dvorak.

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The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country-- San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words "San Andreas" are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.

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