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ERTS-1, earthquakes, and tectonic evolution in AlaskaIn comparing seismicity patterns in Alaska with ERTS-1 imagery, it is striking to see the frequency with which earthquake epicenters fall on, or near, lineaments visible on the imagery. Often these lineaments prove to be tectonics faults which have been mapped in the field. But equally as often, existing geologic and tectonic maps show no evidence of these features. The remoteness and inaccessibility of most of Alaska is responsible, in large part, for the inadequacy of the mapping. ERTS-1 imagery is filling a vital need in providing much of the missing information, and is pointing out many areas of potential earthquake hazard. Earthquakes in central and south-central Alaska result when the northeastern corner of the north Pacific lithospheric plate underthrusts the continent. North of Mt. McKinley, the seismicity is continental in nature and of shallow origin, with earthquakes occurring on lineaments, and frequently at intersections of lineaments. The shallower events tend to align themselves with lineaments visible on the imagery.
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Gedney, L.
(Alaska Univ. College, AK, United States)
Vanwormer, J.
(Alaska Univ. College, AK, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1974
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center 3d ERTS-1 Symp., Vol. 1, Sect. A
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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