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San Andreas fault. True-colour radar-generated image looking north-west over mountains along the San Andreas fault, California, USA. The Tehachapi mountains (upper right) meet the San Gabriel range of mountains (lower left) at upper left. The Quail Lake Reservoir (dark blue) is at lower centre. The San Andreas fault is the active tectonic boundary between the North American tectonic plate (right) and the Pacific tectonic plate (left). It causes major earthquakes in the region. This image was obtained by draping visual Landsat satellite data over topographical radar data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM, Space Shuttle Endeavour, February 2000).
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