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A project of the International Lithosphere Program Task Group II-2, Major Active Faults of the World

Map and Database of Quaternary Faults and Folds in Panama and Its Offshore Regions

By Hugh Cowan, Michael N. Machette, Kathleen M. Haller, Richard L. Dart

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The U.S. Geological Survey is assisting in the compilation of a series of digital maps of Quaternary faults and folds in Western Hemisphere countries as part of the International Lithosphere Program's (ILP) project for a “World Map of Major Active Faults.” The maps from this project show the locations, ages, and activity rates of major earthquake-related features such as faults and fault-related folds. They are accompanied by databases that describe these features and document current information on their activity in the Quaternary. The project is a key part of the Global Seismic Hazards Assessment Program (ILP Project II-0) for the International Decade for Natural Hazard Disaster Reduction.

The project is sponsored by the International Lithosphere Program and funded by the USGS’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The primary elements of the project are general supervision and interpretation of geologic/tectonic information, data compilation and entry for fault catalog, database design and management, and digitization and editing of fault and fold traces in †ARCINFO. For the compilation of data, we engaged experts in Quaternary faulting, neotectonics, paleoseismology, and seismology. These experts are the primary authors of this report, and questions about individual fault descriptions should be directed to them. Questions about the project, its status, and the GIS map should be directed to the USGS authors.

Version 1.0

Posted May 1999

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