The Ridgecrest fault offsets a steam channel by 4.20 meters in the dry China Lake bed. Credit: Kenneth Hudnut, USGS.

The Ridgecrest fault offsets a steam channel by 4.20 meters in the dry China Lake bed. Credit: Kenneth Hudnut, USGS.

The Ridgecrest fault offsets a steam channel by 4.20 meters in the dry China Lake bed. Credit: Kenneth Hudnut, USGS.

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