Basin and Range Province, California to Utah
The Basin and Range Province is marked by alternating mountain ranges and basins. Geologically, the mountains rise and tilt along normal fault zones, while the basins drop and tilt along the faults. Individual fault-bounded blocks are typically called “tilted fault blocks”. A simple cross-section across several ranges is illustrated in the diagram below.
Tilted fault-block ranges, as seen in the Basin and Range Province.
Of course, the best way to see this aspect of the landscape is from the air. Below are 12 aerial images that show parts of the Basin and Range Province, from California across Nevada to Utah, and even up to Oregon. Click on any of these photos to see or download them at higher resolutions.