Timeline of the San Andreas fault, showing the subduction of the Farallon and Pacific Plates by the North American Plate over the last 30 million years.

Timeline of the San Andreas fault, showing the subduction of the Farallon and Pacific Plates by the North American Plate over the last 30 million years.

Photo of the San Andreas Fault near Gorman California, showing gray rocks of the Pacific Plate along side the tan rocks of the North American Plate. Description from landingaday.wordpress.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Photo of the San Andreas Fault near Gorman California, showing gray rocks of the Pacific Plate along side the tan rocks of the North American Plate. Description from landingaday.wordpress.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

View of the San Andreas Fault, one of the few transform faults exposed on land. Photo credit  The San Andreas Fault is the boundary where two tectonic plates - the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, meet. The fault runs across the state of California from Mendocino to the Mexican border, splitting it into two parts. San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur lies on the Pacific Plate, while San Francisco, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada are on the North American Plate.

View of the San Andreas Fault, one of the few transform faults exposed on land. Photo credit The San Andreas Fault is the boundary where two tectonic plates - the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, meet. The fault runs across the state of California from Mendocino to the Mexican border, splitting it into two parts. San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur lies on the Pacific Plate, while San Francisco, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada are on the North American Plate.

For 80 million years, a volcanic hot spot on the Pacific Plate has been releasing lava that has piled up as volcanic rock to form the Hawaiian Islands.

For 80 million years, a volcanic hot spot on the Pacific Plate has been releasing lava that has piled up as volcanic rock to form the Hawaiian Islands.

Rocking Out at Kehoe Beach: A Trip Through Time on the Pacific Plate

Rocking Out at Kehoe Beach: A Trip Through Time on the Pacific Plate

oblique map of Calfornia showing San Andreas fault with North America Plate moving south and Pacific Plate moving north as shown by arrows

oblique map of Calfornia showing San Andreas fault with North America Plate moving south and Pacific Plate moving north as shown by arrows

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