Hot Creek Range
September 02, 2007
The photo above shows the east facing side of the Hot Creek Mountain Range in Nevada. The fault-block structure of this range, and the hot springs at the canyon mouth are both a product of the high heat flow and extensional tectonics that helped form the Basin and Range province. A thick sequence of resistant Lower Paleozoic carbonates and Tertiary volcanics comprise the rugged outcrops visible in the picture. Photo taken in July of 2004. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for March 30, 2007.