Marin Headlands Rotation Animation
Do large blocks of rock rotate? Geologic evidence says they can, and do. Based on fault patterns and rock paleomagnetics, there is strong evidence that the Marin Headlands block has rotated clockwise about 130 degrees since these rocks were added to the edge of North America about 95 million years ago. No one knows when this rotation occurred, but it is likely to be related to movement along the nearby San Andreas fault in the last 10 million years. Right lateral movement along that fault is thought to have caused the clockwise rotation of other large blocks of rock, particularly in southern California.
Can rotation of this block be responsible for the modern geography of the Golden Gate Straits?
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Did You Know?
By the 1850s, Fort Mason was established as a military installation and the buildings on Franklin Street, constructed between 1864 and 1913, are some of the earliest remaining buildings at Fort Mason.