The geologic map and accompanying report describes the extent, complexity, architecture, and evolution of the Bartlett Springs Fault Zone between Clear Lake and Round Valley, California. This fault zone is the eastern-most known active member of the San Andreas transform margin in northern California. It is of particular interest for its apparent long-lived history as a Miocene and older subduction-margin fault that, more recently, was reactivated as an active, creeping member of the San Andreas Fault system. The northern part of the Bartlett Springs Fault Zone is apparently still influenced by subduction of the Gorda Plate beneath North America, but it also accommodates strike-slip displacement associated with interaction of the Pacific Plate with North America. South of the map area, the Bartlett Springs Fault Zone steps into and merges with active faults of the eastern San Francisco Bay region; to the north of the map area and Round Valley, the fault zone steps into several other fault zones that connect with offshore thrust faults of the Cascadia subduction margin. Adequate understanding of the geologic framework of this fault zone and its relation to crustal structure of the adjacent region is important for purposes of planning and upgrading hydro-electric and other infrastructure in northern California that is directly or indirectly impacted by active faulting.
|Title||Framework geologic map and structure sections along the Bartlett Springs Fault Zone and adjacent area from Round Valley to Wilbur Springs, northern Coast Ranges, California|
|Series Title||Scientific Investigations Map|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|