Earth fissures and localized differential subsidence

Open-File Report 79-951
This report is preliminary and has not been edited or reviewed for conformity with Geological Survey standards and nomenclature.
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Long tension cracks caused by declines of ground-water level at four sites in Arizona, California, and Nevada occur at points of maximum, convex-upward curvature in subsidence profiles based on relevelings of closely-spaced bench marks aligned perpendicular to the cracks. We conclude the cracks are caused by horizontal strains associated with the differential subsidence.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earth fissures and localized differential subsidence
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 79-951
DOI 10.3133/ofr79951
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 11 p.
Country United States
State Arizona;California;Idaho;Nevada;Utah
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