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Earth fissures and localized differential subsidence

January 1, 1979

Long tension cracks caused by declines of ground-water level at four sites in Arizona, California, and Nevada occur at points of maximum, convex-upward curvature in subsidence profiles based on relevelings of closely-spaced bench marks aligned perpendicular to the cracks. We conclude the cracks are caused by horizontal strains associated with the differential subsidence.

Publication Year 1979
Title Earth fissures and localized differential subsidence
DOI 10.3133/ofr79951
Authors Thomas L. Holzer, Earl Haig Pampeyan
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 79-951
Index ID ofr79951
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse