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San Andreas fault

[san an-drey-uh s]
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noun Geology.
  1. an active strike-slip fault in W United States, extending from San Francisco to S California and forming the on-land portion of the western margin of the North American Plate.
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Origin of San Andreas fault

after San Andreas Lake, located in the rift, in San Mateo County
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San Andreas Fault

[(san an-dray-uhs)]

A fault in California where the North American and the Pacific tectonic plates meet and slide past each other. (See earthquake and plate tectonics.)

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A major earthquake along this fault has been predicted for many years. Because California is densely populated, such an event might have very serious consequences.

San Andreas Fault

[(san an-dray-uhs)]

A major geologic fault located in California. It runs from San Francisco to near San Diego and has been the source of serious earthquakes. (See also under “Earth Sciences.”)

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