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Geologists Recover Rocks Yielding Unprecedented Insights into San Andreas Fault
October 4, 2007
For the first time, geologists have extracted intact rock samples from 2 miles beneath the surface of the San Andreas Fault, the infamous rupture that runs 800 miles along the length of California. Never before have scientists had available for study, rock samples from deep inside one of the actively moving, tectonic plate-bounding faults responsible for the world's most damaging earthquakes.
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