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Thornwolf and Skorzy's Big Adventure pt. 4 - The art of Thornwolf
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Thornwolf and Skorzy's Big Adventure pt. 4
Check below the cut for photos of the San Andreas Fault, windmills, 100 year old rusted cans, and a desert bleached partially skeletal cow :D

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Guess who's driving
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I'm not! :D
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The San Andreas Fault. I'm standing between two tectonic plates! :D
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skorzy plate hops between the two sides
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Geology rocks! :D
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The terrain agrees with our assessment of the weather
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And just over that ridge, an old farmer's dump. The Rust Mutt in a rust pile!
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We made a friend :3
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Still not driving :D
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doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: August 18th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always said that geology rocks!!! XD
BTW, I expected a pretty huge difference in height between those two tectonic plates ... :P
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: August 18th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well it looks different in different places but nah not really. This one doesn't move up and down it moves side to side. It's slowly shoving the western most part of California to go hang out by Alaska.
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: August 18th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Right, right ... anyway I thought that there was considerable difference.

So, shall we find a mixed breed of Coyotes-Penguins in some million of years? XD

"The amazing Penguyote ... or Coyonguin!" :P
Ah! What the hell, you got the idea! XD
skorzy From: skorzy Date: August 18th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

The San Andreas faultline splits into two just north of the Coachella valley. The one I took Niko to is the "South Branch San Andreas - Banning Fault". The yellow flag on the map above is the spot I took her, and you can easily see the faultline creating scarps from left to right in the satellite imagery!
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: August 18th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Incredible! =D ... and it's impressive how close those urban zones are to the faultline (BTW, they're perfectly squared too) :P
skorzy From: skorzy Date: August 18th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
On a whole, the San Andreas fault zone has created *all* the big SoCal mountains, since its a lateral strike-slip fault. The "western" Pacific plate is creeping north about 4-6 inches a year, but the friction is lifting the mountains. Because of the geology of the San Gabriel mountain range (just north of where Niko lives), the mountain range is eventually going to "pivot" until they're running north to south!

The best place to "see" the effects of the plate creep is in the Carrizo Plain, where the faultline forms defined scarps. Its "decapitated" many creek channels as a result, where the original creek beds are "split" because of sudden and massive fault slips in the past.

I'm a complete fault nerd. :)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: August 18th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I think you've just found another fault nerd! XD I always wanted to study geology or paleonthology, but as my father observed (and I did the same), it's not a "remunerative" job. :P

BTW, now that I'm able to understand english pretty well, I could open that Paleo-Geologic Encyclopedia I have on my bookshelves (It's all in english) ;D

I think I should have studied something to become a jeweller instead of graphic design ... maybe! XD
tania From: tania Date: August 18th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, this is neat! Unrelated, but all those perfect grids on the terrain - farm boundaries? Roads? - are a bit eerie too.
skorzy From: skorzy Date: August 18th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The majority of that area are "wind farms", nothing but acres of giant windmills linked by a checkerboard of dirt roads. The San Gorgonio Pass area is one of the windiest places in the US, and one of the first places to ever have windmills for electric generation in California (I remember seeing my first ones there in the early 1980's.).

The area used to be heavy with ranches, but suburban creep from Desert Hot Springs and North Palm Springs is starting to get in there. The roads are being paved in the original checkerboards as the towns spring up.

Honestly.. I have no idea why anyone would want to live there. Its excruciatingly hot in the summer, and water is a scarce resources, despite being on a major earthquake boundary.


doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: August 18th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! ... there're a lot of windmills here too! =D This is the windiest region of whole Spain.

I think I'll take a couple of photos when I'll go to Castle Escornalbou ;)
datasocks From: datasocks Date: August 18th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geology rocks! :D

*groan* XD
vantid From: vantid Date: August 18th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
*twitch*

I want it.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: August 18th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seriously considered nabbing it but there was no way i'd want to subject Skorzy's car to a rotting cow all weekend. My car? Mmm...maybe XD

I can't eat pizza while I look at your icon :/
vantid From: vantid Date: August 18th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gawd I just ruin everything delicious for you don't I...plums, pizza. Mmm.

Wanna give me a caw? I will answer if you tell me you can kaw.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: August 18th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes I shall caw! Gimme about...10 minutes.
dragonheadthing From: dragonheadthing Date: August 19th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
"Geology Rocks!"
LOL! When I was in geology class a few years ago, we were actually going to get shirts made with that on it.
areitu From: areitu Date: August 19th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)

(Redirected here from Skorzy's LJ)

I lived there for nearly 20 years and never went to see any of that stuff!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: August 19th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: (Redirected here from Skorzy's LJ)

Trust me I didn't even know how close I was to all this stuff. It takes someone "in the know" to point it out I guess? ;D I wouldn't know the fault from..well.. a hole in the ground unless someone pointed it out to me. It's different from the air, more obvious.
keesh From: keesh Date: August 19th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: (Redirected here from Skorzy's LJ)

There's hella cool stuff out there!
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