10-Be Surface Exposure Ages along the Blue Cut Fault in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Guns, Katherine A; ORCID: 0000-0002-2956-1536
Bennett, Richard
Blisniuk, Kimberly
Walker, Alianora
Hidy, Alan
Heimsath, Arjun
To better evaluate the late Pleistocene slip rate history of the Blue Cut Fault in Joshua Tree National Park, we constrain the ages of six depositional surfaces that are correlated and offset along the fault. We collect 38 Beryllium-10 surface exposure samples, using a mixture of surface clast types on each mapped surface unit, including sampling boulder tops, cobbles, and amalgamated pebble clasts. Age agreement between sample types indicates that effects of these processes are negligible, because sample types are differentially affected by inheritance/exhumation. We crush whole rock material, remove all minerals but quartz grains, digest the quartz and proceed to extract the element Beryllium in order to measure the 10-Be/9-Be ratio in the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Seven of our samples were processed at Arizona State University, while the rest were processed jointly at San José State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, following the procedures of Ditchburn & Whitehead (1994). 10-Be geochronological results, in combination with geomorphic mapping indicate multiple ages of offset alluvial surfaces that range from the oldest mapped Qf1a surface of >129 ka, to the youngest offset Qf3b surface of 13.2 ± 1 ka (2𝞂). In addition, we find good agreement between ages of different sample types for each surface. See Guns et al. (2022) for further information.
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Guns, K. A., Bennett, R., Blisniuk, K., Walker, A., Hidy, A., Heimsath, A., 2022. 10-Be Surface Exposure Ages along the Blue Cut Fault in Joshua Tree National Park, California, Version 1.0. Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA). https://doi.org/10.26022/IEDA/112685. Accessed 2024-05-21.
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Guns, Katherine; Bennett, Richard; Blisniuk, Kimberly; Walker, Alianora; Hidy, Alan; & Heimsath, Arjun. (Accepted, Sep. 2022) Steady Long-term Slip Rate on the Blue Cut Fault: Implications for Strain Transfer between the San Andreas Fault and Eastern California Shear Zone; Accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters
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Southern California Earthquake Center #17161
USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program #G19AP00054
National Science Foundation: 1848547
National Science Foundation: EarthScope AGeS Program Award to K. Guns in 2017
Coverage Scope: Regional (Continents, Oceans)
Geographic Location: Joshua Tree National Park, southern California, Eastern Transverse Ranges, San Andreas Fault, Eastern California Shear Zone, Mojave Desert
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surface exposure ages, cosmogenic radionuclide dating, beryllium-10, quaternary geochronology
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