University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Neotectonics and Structural Geology

Mojave Desert

Because of the extremely active local tectonic setting, study in this department has addressed questions concerning the development and history of the Transverse Ranges, Mojave Desert, and several local basins to gain a better understanding of the offset history of the San Andreas Fault.


  • Estimation of the timing of uplift and strike slip relative to the San Gabriel Mountains
  • GIS applications to geologic history of southern California
  • Mapping of recent and historical mud and debris flows for risk assessment
  • Paleogeographic evolution of the San Andreas fault based on cross-fault correlation

Faculty Involved:
Morton, Sadler

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