San Andreas fault
[san an-drey-uh s]
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.
Why is the San Francisco football team called the 49ers?When the California Gold Rush began in 1848, American football didn’t exist. But those aggressive gold miners would give their nickname to a football team one hundred years later. Gold was first found in Northern California in January 1848, and it took about a year for the news to travel and inspire thousands of fortune seekers to head west. The miners who arrived in 1849 …
Why is a new element named after a suburb of San Francisco?On Saturday the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry proposed the names of two new elements. Currently element number 114 and element number 116 do not have official names in the periodic table of elements. The elements were previously known as ununquadium and ununhexium. Those long, unpronounceable words were the temporarily used systematic element names. The names are generated from their atomic number, but …
Origin of San Andreas fault
after San Andreas Lake, located in the rift, in San Mateo County
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San Andreas Fault
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
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