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Partial Report for Southern Sierra Nevada fault zone, Haiwee Reservoir section (Class A) No. 65b

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citation for this record: Sawyer, T.L., compiler, 1995, Fault number 65b, Southern Sierra Nevada fault zone, Haiwee Reservoir section, in Quaternary fault and fold database of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey website, http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/hazards/qfaults, accessed 08/20/2014 08:21 PM.

Synopsis General: This range-front fault zone is poorly understood, and no detailed studies involving trenching have been completed. Neither the Independence fault nor the Haiwee Reservoir section has been trenched and only limited large-scale mapping has been published.

Sections: This fault has 2 sections. Further subdivision of the Sierra Nevada fault zone may be warranted based on small-scale mapping, in particular the Haiwee Reservoir section.
County(s) and State(s) INYO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Physiographic province(s) BASIN AND RANGE
CASCADE-SIERRA MOUNTAINS
Reliability of location Good
Compiled at 1:62,500 scale.
Geologic setting The Sierra Nevada fault zone is a zone of high-angle normal faults that bound the eastern front of the southern Sierra Nevada from Owens Valley to the southern end of the range, north of the Garlock fault [69]. The northernmost fault in this zone is the Independence fault, which has a cumulative vertical displacement of approximately 1,800 m (Gillespie, 1982 #5626), which accounts for approximately half of the subsidence of Owens Valley (Bryant, 1989 #5625).

Length (km) This section is 131 km of a total fault length of 203 km.
Average strike N6°E (for section) versus N6°W (for whole fault)
Sense of movement Normal
Dip Direction E
Paleoseismology studies

Geomorphic expression In the vicinity of Haiwee Reservoir, the fault forms a prominent east-facing bedrock escarpment that is 1,150 m high; the height and prominence of the escarpment decrease to the south. The fault is expressed by generally degraded scarps and breaks in slope, although locally there are well defined scarps >20 m high having maximum slope angles of about 20? (Wills, 1988 #1690).

Age of faulted surficial deposits Late Pleistocene (to Holocene?) alluvial-fan deposits (Duffield and Bacon, 1981 #1502; Wills, 1988 #1690).
Historic earthquake
Most recent prehistoric deformation Late Quaternary (<130 ka)
Recurrence interval
Slip-rate category Between 0.2 and 1.0 mm/yr
Date and Compiler(s) 1995
Thomas L. Sawyer, Piedmont Geosciences, Inc.
References #5587 Bateman, P.C., 1965, Geology and tungsten mineralization of the Bishop district, California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 470, 208 p., scale 1:62.500.

#5625 Bryant, W.A., 1989, Independence fault zone and related faults, western Inyo County, California: California Division of Mines and Geology Fault Evaluation Report FER-203, microfiche copy in California Division of Mines and Geology Open-File Report 90-14, 13 p., scale 1:24,000.

#1502 Duffield, W.A., and Bacon, C.R., 1981, Geologic map of the Coso volcanic field and adjacent areas, Inyo County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Map I-1200, 1 sheet, scale 1:50,000.

#5626 Gillespie, A.R., 1982, Quaternary glaciation and tectonism in the southeastern Sierra Nevada, Inyo County, California: Pasadena, California Institute of Technology, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, 695 p., scale 1:62,500.

#5627 Hsu, E.Y., and Wagner, D.L., 1990, Map showing recency of faulting, Trona-Kingman quadrangle, California: California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology unpublished map, scale 1:250,000.

#5628 Jenkins, O.P., 1938, Geologic map of California: California Division of Mines, scale 1:500,000.

#2878 Jennings, C.W., 1994, Fault activity map of California and adjacent areas, with locations of recent volcanic eruptions: California Division of Mines and Geology Geologic Data Map 6, 92 p., 2 pls., scale 1:750,000.

#5616 Knopf, A., 1918, A geologic reconnaissance of the Inyo Range and eastern slope of the southern Sierra Nevada, California, with a section on the stratigraphy of the Inyo Range by Edwin Kirk: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 110, 130 p.

#4860 Petersen, M.D., Bryant, W.A., Cramer, C.H., Cao, T., Reichle, M.S., Frankel, A.D., Lienkaemper, J.J., McCrory, P.A., and Schwartz, D.P., 1996, Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment for the State of California: California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology Open-File Report 96-08 (also U.S. Geological Open-File Report 96-706), 33 p.

#915 Piety, L.A., 1995, Compilation of known and suspected Quaternary faults within 100 km of Yucca Mountain, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-112, 404 p., 2 pls., scale 1:250,000.

#5631 Ross, D.C., 1990, Reconnaissance geologic map of the southern Sierra Nevada, Kern, Tulare, and Inyo Counties, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 90-337, 120 p., scale 1:125,000.

#5632 Samsel, H.S., 1962, Geology of the southeast quarter of the Cross Mountain quadrangle, Kern County, California: California Division of Mines and Geology Map Sheet 2, scale 1:39,200.

#1690 Wills, C.J., 1988, Little Lake and Airport Lake fault zones, Inyo and Kern Counties, California: California Division of Mines and Geology Fault Evaluation Report FER-199, 11 p.