Accession Number : ADA115717

Title :   The Impact of Tectonic Activity in the Development of Monterey Submarine Canyon.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Allen,Robert Lloyd , Jr

PDF Url : ADA115717

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : Evidence is presented that indicates that Monterey Submarine Canyon was once the terminus of a major land drainage system. This pre-existing drainage system is not in evidence today because it has been altered by displacement along the San Andreas Fault. A numerical model based on conservation of mass and plate tectonic reconstruction is utilized to reconstruct the topography of the region as it appeared prior to onset of motion along the San Andreas Fault. Model results indicate that the Colorado River may have drained into Monterey Bay during early Miocene time. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Tectonics, *Submarine canyons, North Pacific Ocean, Ocean bottom, California, Coastal regions, Topography, Modification, History, Mathematical models, Computerized simulation, Theses

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE