Mystery of Santa Barbara Hot Spot Solved?
The thermal anomaly is centered in a three-acre, highly disrupted slide deposit in a recently active, seventeen-acre rotational/translational landslide. The landslide is within the Eocene shales and siltstones of the Juncal Formation, a distal submarine fan deposit that contains traces of iron sulfides, organic material, and carbonate (Dibblee, 1966; Onderdonk, 2003).
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