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Principal Faults in the Houston, Texas, Metropolitan Area

By Sachin D. Shah and Jennifer Lanning-Rush

U.S. Geological Survey
Scientific Investigations Map 2874

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Previous Fault Mapping in the Houston Metropolitan Area

Principal Faults in the Houston Metropolitan Area


Selected References


1.   Map showing location of study area
2.   Principal faults in the Houston metropolitan area as observed from 15-foot bare-earth Lidar-derived digital elevation model (DEM)
3.   Segment of the hillshaded 15-foot bare-earth Lidar-derived digital elevation model of the area of Harris County showing the Long Point fault


1.     Named faults mapped in previous studies


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