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the san andreas fault experimentA plan was developed during 1971 to determine gross tectonic plate motions along the San Andreas Fault System in California. Knowledge of the gross motion along the total fault system is an essential component in the construction of realistic deformation models of fault regions. Such mathematical models will be used in the future for studies which will eventually lead to prediction of major earthquakes. The main purpose of the experiment described is the determination of the relative velocity of the North American and the Pacific Plates. This motion being so extremely small, cannot be measured directly but can be deduced from distance measurements between points on opposite sites of the plate boundary taken over a number of years.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Smith, D. E.
Vonbun, F. O.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Geodynamics Program Div., Greenbelt, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1973
Subject Category
Meeting Information
International Astronautical Congress(Baku)
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