Landforms of California & the Great Basin Fine Art Print Map
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Landforms of California & the Great Basin Fine Art Print Map

Code: Landforms-of-California-and-the-great-basin

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CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN

The signature land form of the Great Basin is the fault-block range— a broken piece of crust, tilted up as if hinged. The Sierra Nevada is by far the largest, but the pattern is repeated again and again, all the way across the Great Basin to its eastern edge. This is a symptom of the expanding crust accompanying the continental rifting that has opened the Gulf of California. The Great Basin defined strictly by drainage includes most of Southern California, including the southern San Joaquin Valley.

Small - Scale is 1:1.5 million or 1" = about 23 miles
Medium - Scale is 1:1 million or 1" = about 16 miles
Large - Scale is 1:750,000 or 1" = about 12 miles

Dimensions: All map dimensions are approximate.