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Transverse Ranges

Mormon Rocks

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Mormon Rocks

The Transverse Ranges are noted by their east-west structural trend, in contrast to the northwest-southeast trend of the neighboring Coast and Peninsular Ranges. Thrust faults along its margins include those responsible for the San Fernando Earthquake (1971) and Northridge Earthquake (1994). The Transverse Ranges are offset by the San Andreas Fault (which lies between the two ridges in the background of this view) and include the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains to the west of the fault, and the San Bernardino Mountains to the east of the fault. The ranges are dominated by thick, tilted and faulted sequences of Cenozoic-age sedimentary deposits.

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