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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1111

High-Resolution Seismic-Reflection Data Offshore of Dana Point, Southern California Borderland


Ray W. Sliter,1 Holly F. Ryan,1 and Peter J. Triezenberg1

1 U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.


The U.S. Geological Survey collected high-resolution shallow seismic-reflection profiles in September 2006 in the offshore area between Dana Point and San Mateo Point in southern Orange and northern San Diego Counties, California. Reflection profiles were located to image folds and reverse faults associated with the San Mateo fault zone and high-angle strike-slip faults near the shelf break (the Newport-Inglewood fault zone) and at the base of the slope. Interpretations of these data were used to update the USGS Quaternary fault database and in shaking hazard models for the State of California developed by the Working Group for California Earthquake Probabilities. This cruise was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Catastrophic Hazards project.

Seismic-reflection data were acquired aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, which is operated by the Ocean Institute at Dana Point. A SIG ELC820 minisparker seismic source and a SIG single-channel streamer were used. More than 420 km of seismic-reflection data were collected.

This report includes maps of the seismic-survey sections, linked to Google Earth™ software, and digital data files showing images of each transect in SEG-Y, JPEG, and TIFF formats.

For more information, contact Ray Sliter.

Suggested citation:
Sliter, Ray W., Ryan, Holly F., and Triezenberg, Peter J., 2010, High-resolution seismic-reflection data offshore of Dana Point, southern California borderland: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1111 [].

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