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Colin Chupik takes measurements between tags at the northern Walker Lane trench.

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How the burgeoning Walker Lane may split the American West

California won’t fall into the ocean, but it could get nudged hundreds of miles offshore, making Nevada the new coastline of the continent, scientists at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno hypothesize. They have combined decades of data and the latest technology to study the Walker Lane, an approximately 625-mile-long corridor riddled with hundreds of earthquake faults.


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