Challenge: Determine the center and magnitude of the
1872 earthquake that occurred in this area by using
botanical and geological skills.
1. an aeroplane flight will give us the macro-view
2. determine the extent (length) of the earthquake
3. we know the depth (15km) because this is standard
in this area
4. determine good places to take measurements along
the fault—looking for horizontal and vertical
5. find oases and describe why they are there—blocking
Flight: Owens Lake to Big Pine. In Lone Pine, it is
obvious that there was vertical and horizontal movement—a
river and oases in a straight line. At Big Pine there
is a cinder cone.
One of us threw up in the plane—I won’t
say who. Not a smooth ride.