New fault discovered in the Salish Sea

Devil's Mountain Fault
Devil's Mountain Fault

Seafloor mapping is a critical tool for understanding ocean habitats. As you can imagine, the seafloor is really hard for most people to see without mapping tools. But Dr. Gary Greene of SeaDoc's Tombolo mapping lab knows that seafloor mapping also has other merits, such as uncovering faults that could cause earthquakes.

Dr. Greene and his Canadian collaborator Dr. Vaughn Barry recently revealed, in detail, a 125km-long series of faults that run from Washington to Victoria associated with the Devil's Mountain Fault Zone.

Read the press coverage from the CBC.

Check out this other image showing how many faults there are in San Juan County:

 Faults in the San Juan Islands. Dr. Gary Greene

Faults in the San Juan Islands. Dr. Gary Greene

 

 

Banner photo: Devil’s Mountain Fault image. Courtesy of Dr. Gary Greene.