welcome to activetectonics.com


Join our campfire to learn more about active tectonics. The activetectonics.com web site seeks to promote, coordinate, and advertise the myriad of fascinating work by earth scientists to better understand recent tectonic disturbances of planet Earth.

We suspect that you would like answers to questions like:

    * How fast are the mountains rising?

    * When will the next earthquake occur on the fault near my home?

    * What will this volcano be doing next month?

    * How do tree rings date earthquake-generated tsunamis?

Active tectonics is truly diverse—including geology, hydrology, and geophysics—so expect to see interests as diverse soil science and numerical modeling of plate tectonics. We seek your participation because your input is essential to keeping abreast of plans, studies, and publications on subjects ranging from the gradual creation of mountain ranges to recent geologic-hazard events .

One goal is to keep you up-to-date on sources of funding, students to work with you, work soon to be published, completed theses, university programs, field trips, and short courses.  Use the blogs on this site to advertise work completed by you and your students.


Aerial view of Laguna Salada, Mexico. Active fault (extension of the Elsinore fault) separates landscapes characterized by erosion and deposition. This was area of a Mw magnitude 7 earthquake in 1892 (Mueller and Rockwell, 1995), and the Mw 7.2  El Mayor-Cucupah earthquake of 4 April 2010.  Photograph by Peter L. Kresan ©.

See http://www.scsn.org/2010sierraelmayor.html  and  Mueller, K.J. and Rockwell, T.K., 1995, Late Quaternary activity of the Laguna Salada  Fault in northern Baja California, Mexico: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.107, p. 8-18.