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iIJ/I ^ News

Nahonal Aeronauhcs and Space AclrnJnJsrra_Jon

Lyndon B. Johnson Space

Center

Houston, Texas 77058

AC713

4835111

Charles Redmond

ForRelease:

Release No: 78-35

August 9, 1978

NASA, USGSPUBLISH FAULTMAPOF SOUTHEASGREATE HOUSTOAREA

The United States

Space Administration,

Geological

Survey

and

Johnson

Space

Center,

the

National

announce

the

Aeronautics

and

publication,

by

the USGS, of a surfac

e

fault

map of

southeastern

Harris

and

portions

of

Galveston

and

Brazoria

Counties.

The

fault

map,

covering

about

200

square

miles

of

developed

and undeveloped

land

is

the

result

of

work

by

JSC geologist

Uel

Clanton

and

Earl

Verbeek of the

USGS. It

was undertaken

jointly

by

NASAand the

USGSto

evaluate

the magnitude

of

the

faulting

problem

in

the

metropolitan

Houston area.

The

map covers

that

portion

of

Harris,

Galveston,

and

Brazoria

Counties

bounded by Clear

Lake in the south,

Loop-610 and Texas-225 in the

north,

about two miles west of Texas-35 in the west, and Texas-146 in the east.

Ninety-one

faults

with

a

total

length

of

llO

miles

are

shown

on

the

map.

Urban

portions

of

the

Houston

metropolitan

area

encompassed by

the

map

include

part

or

all

of

the

cities

of

Pasadena,

LaPorte,

South

Houston,

Taylor

Lake

Village,

E1Lago,

Seabrook,

Webster,

Brookside,

Pearland,

Friendswood,

Nassau

Bay,

and

the

southeast

section

of

Houston.

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