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USGS Photo Library Archive
This collection consists of thousands of photos dating from 1868 to the present with emphasis on geology, earthquake damage, and national parks and monuments. Pioneer photographers such as W.H. Jackson, J.K. Hillers, T.H. O'Sullivan, A.J. Russell and others are featured in one section. Other topics include the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption of 1980, and mines, mills and quarries. The system allows searching from a list of subjects, as well as a free form search. All photos are available in 100, 700 and 1400 dots per inch resolution.
Tectonic Evolution of Western North America
This narrative set of cartoons illustrate a hypothesized sequence of events in Western North America's recent geologic history beginning at 30 Ma. Each cartoon is accompanied by explanatory text to help users understand what activity is being depicted and how each one differs from the one(s) before.
This page discusses thermal convection as it applies to the Earth's mantle and includes three QuickTime movies for three different cases of convection: heating from below, heating from within, and a combination of the two.
Farallon Plate Remnants
This image and short video from the NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio shows the remnants of the Farallon Plate based on seismic tomography studies. The studies were conducted by Hans-Peter Bunge at Princeton University in 2000.
Geologic History of the San Andreas Fault System
This page from the USGS resource This Dynamic Earth (online edition) describes the evolution of the western coast of North America. A series of block diagrams shows how the subduction zone along the west coast of North America transformed into the San Andreas Fault from 30 million years ago to the present.
The Farallon Plate
In this animation from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, the Farallon Plate sinks beneath North American Plate and scrapes along bottom of continent for 1,500 kilometers before sinking again.