10 March 2023
Friday fold: Painted Canyon
Posted by Callan Bentley
Greetings from southern California!
I’m running a spring break field course in the Mojave and Colorado desert. Here’s a pretty amazing fold pair in Palm Springs Formation, butted up against (darker) Mecca Formation along a fault.
This is in Painted Canyon, in the Mecca Hills, a transpressional pop-up between the Painted Canyon Fault and the San Andreas Fault.
I’ve been skeptical of Smith and Sylvester’s “palm-tree structures” in this part of the Mecca Hills. Your comments if you see them?
I’m sure it’s a great trip! Sorry I not there!