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Geology of a Portion of the Tehachapi Mountains in the Vicinity of Jawbone Canyon, California


Schroter, G. Austin (1928) Geology of a Portion of the Tehachapi Mountains in the Vicinity of Jawbone Canyon, California. Bachelor's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/VG84-YH26.


The region embraced within this report lies in the West central part of Kern County, California, about twenty miles North and East of the little railroad town of Mohave. It is approximately 138 miles due North of Los Angeles, and may easily be reached by good road via the Midland Trail.

The area comprises about 45 square miles in the Eastern portion of the Tehachapi Mountains, and is roughly bissected by Jawbone Canyon which trend's almost due East and West.

With respect to other great geographic divisions of the Western United States, the area covered lies in the Western portion of the Great Basin province.

North of the town of Mohave, the Tehachapi Mountains trend about N. 40° E., and continue in their Eastward extension until they join the El Paso range.

Considered in a broad way, the Eastern portion of the Jawbone Canyon area consists of the flat floor of the Mojave Desert. The floor of the desert is abruptly terminated by the Tehachapi Mountains, and from here Westward, the region is made up chiefly of naked hills and deep canyons.

The trip to Jawbone Canyon by automobile can easily be made in about four hours, from Los Angeles.

Within five miles of the mouth of Jawbone Canyon, lies the Owenyo branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

All of the area above described lies entirely within the Mojave Quadrangle of the United States Geological Survey.

Item Type:Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Jawbone Canyon, eastern Tehachapi Mountains, orogenic movements, faulting, uplift
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Geological and Planetary Sciences
Major Option:Geology
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
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Defense Date:1 June 1928
Additional Information:Supplemental Files Information: Geologic Plate: Supplement 1 from "Geology of a portion of the Tehachapi Mountains in the vicinity of Jawbone Canyon, California" (Thesis).
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Deposited On:04 Dec 2009 19:41
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