Thursday, April 22, 2010

SkyWatch Friday / The San Andreas Fault Zone

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These photos were taken at Joshua Tree National Park at Keys View, which is nearly 6,000 ft. in elevation.
Straight across the center of the desert floor, horizontally, is the San Andreas Fault which runs through the Coachella Valley in southern California.

 This fault runs parallel to the California coastline for about 800 miles and in some places is 10 miles deep.
This part of it can be readily seen from the higher elevations on a clear day.
It was a bit overcast last weekend so the view appears hazy.
 To understand more about the San Andreas Fault Zone you can find information here.

 We were able to get a very nice view of it from this area.
I have stood on the edge of it closer to my own home...which is scary when I think about how close we are.
The dark horizontal streak is easily visible in this photo.



Keys View offers an incredible look at the desert floor of the Coachella Valley and beyond.
An overcast sky during the late afternoon, Saturday, April 17, 2010.

SkyWatch Friday

 Looking at the Sky on Friday

24 comments:

Martha Z said...

I didn't realize I was looking at the fault when I stood in that spot. Great shot.
Where state 14 crosses the San Andreas in Palmdale you can see the twisted layers of rock, it's quite dramatic.

noel said...

aloha,

and happy earth day, i love this view, so different to see things on top of a major fault line


would you care to join me on a new challenge i have posted on my site

come and join us.

Sylvia K said...

What fantastic captures, Carolyn! Kind of a scary, but a dramatic and fascinating place! Thanks for the view! Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Photo Cache said...

I don't want to see nor be fully aware that I am anywhere near the faultline, too scared :D

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eileeninmd said...

Great photos from the faultline, Carolyn! It is a great view!

J Bar said...

Great shots of the fault line.
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Secret Mom Thoughts said...

What a beautiful view!

Denise said...

These SWF photos are fantastic Carolyn. I love that area, for all its 'faults' - sorry, couldn't resist a little humor, even if my humor is a bit 'shaky' ;) I'll go now :)

Liz said...

Awesome photos. Happy Latsof!

Liz @ MLC

Ebie said...

The desert is always beautiful! Love the subtle colors of the sky!

As Martha Z said, of the Fault in the Palmdale area, I was there when I did the Devil's Punchbowl hike.

Kcalpesh said...

The beauty of this place is really mesmerizing!

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magiceye said...

lovely captures....

Anu said...

Beautiful! especially the last one!

Riet said...

Wow, beautiful sights and pictures.

Misalyn said...

Fantastic series of shots.

aims said...

I'd like to sit in the stone and look over the beautiful scenery. This is an awesome place to ponder. Nice photos.

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful pictures of a great landscape and natur! Like it very much.
Wish you a blessed weekend:-)

KMOYMAMA said...

I am sure that you were able to command a wonderful view from where you stood. What a beautiful landscape it is!

LadyFi said...

Lovely wide horizons!

Dewdrop said...

What a wonderul view. I can't imagine I would ever leave that place.

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when I look to these photos...I think about the future..magic shots, dearest

thanks for your comment

havea nice day

tinasphotoblog said...

I love the depth in your photos, and the beautiful views too! Have a nice weekend! :)

NatureFootstep said...

such scenery always makes me feel small. It is beautiful.

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful views. it's magical.