RCL Focus Site: Gulf of California - Salton Trough

This page is the home for data, figures, references and information relevant to the Rupturing of Continental Lithosphere (RCL) Initiative and Gulf of California/Salton Trough focus area. If you have questions, suggestions, or if you want to submit data, please contact the MARGINS Office, who will be happy to try to help you.

Focus Areas: Gulf of California
  Gulf of California Focus Area Map
  Northern Red Sea/Gulf of Suez (ancillary)
  Red Sea Ancillary Focus Area Map
Meetings: RCL-Cortez Workshop: "Lithospheric Rupture in the Gulf of California - Salton Trough Region," Ensenada (Mexico), January 9-13, 2006
  InterMARGINS Workshop: "Modeling the Extensional Deformation of the Lithosphere" (IMEDL 2004), Pontresina, Switzerland
Meeting pages contain abstracts, bibliographies, presentations, lecture notes and much more information. MARGINS Red Sea workshop 2001, Sharm-el-Sheik
MARGINS Gulf of California workshop 2000, Puerto Vallarta
Rheology & deformation TEI 2000, lecture notes
  Snowbird RCL workshop 2000 (announcement)
Documents: Rupturing Continental Lithosphere Science Plan
  MARGINS Data Policy
  Legal info for research cruises in Mexican waters
  NSF-OCE fleet security guidelines, implications for MARGINS research in the Red Sea
  Proposal: The NARS-Baja project
  Proposal: Gulf of California rifting
  NSF-funded MARGINS RCL awards
Graphics: MARGINS Presentation materials
Links: Space Geodetic Velocity Field for Western North America
Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP)

Recent News

RCL Paper in Nature: "Variation in styles of rifting in the Gulf of California", Nature 448, 466-469 (26 July 2007). New publication presenting a major result from the MARGINS-funded PESCADOR Gulf of California cruises.

Legal information for scientists planning field work or oceanographic cruises in Mexican territory

This document provides legal information on the correct legal procedure to prepare fieldwork or oceanographic cruises in Mexican terrirtory. All MARGINS scientists planning to work in Mexico are strongly encouraged to study this document carefully.

Data repository web site:

Space Geodetic Velocity Field for Western North America

The Western US Cordillera (WUSC) Deformation Project at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics works to determine the full spectrum of crustal deformations associated with active geodynamic processes in the western United States by linking existing geodetic networks throughout this diffusely deforming continental region. The project maintains a web site from which investigators can download crustal velocity data from all over North America, including sites in the Northern Gulf of California.

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Last updated Wednesday, July 8, 2009