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California's geomorphic provinces are naturally
defined geologic regions that display a distinct
landscape or landform. Earth scientists recognize
eleven provinces in California. Each region
displays unique, defining features based on
geology, faults, topographic relief and climate.
These geomorphic provinces are remarkably
diverse. They provide spectacular vistas and
unique opportunities to learn about earth's
geologic processes and history.
Mojave DesertThe Mojave is a broad interior region of isolated mountain ranges separated by expanses of desert ...
Basin and RangeThe Basin and Range is the westernmost part of the Great Basin. The province is ...
Transverse RangeThe Transverse Ranges are an east-west trending series of steep mountain ...
Colorado DesertThe Colorado Desert province is a low-lying barren desert basin, about 245 feet below ...
Sierra NevadaThe Sierra is a tilted fault block nearly 400 miles long. Its east face is a ...
Earthquakes & FaultsCalifornia straddles the juncture of two great crustal plates: the Pacific plate and the North American plate. ...
San Andreas FaultThe presence of the San Andreas fault was brought dramatically to world attention on April 18, 1906, when sudden ...
Garlock FaultThe Garlock Fault is the defining fault between the Mojave Desert and Sierra Nevada, Basin and Range geomorphic provinces.
source - California Geologic Survey