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Although situated on the bed of a salt lake and thus stable from a standpoint of being hard rock unlike to crack and heave during mountain building pressure, the inland valley in California has geography below the former salt lake bed floor. We have stated that river bottoms are situated along areas of a plate that are thin, and have thus sunk down, thus becoming a river bottom. Stockton considers itself at the headwaters of the delta area, but the great San Joaquin River flows past it, and Stockton is thus situated along a river bottom region. Where former salt lake beds are unlikely to crack during Earth plate stress, the rock strata beneath it can adjust, producing earthquakes.

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