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The sea bottom off the California coast shows a series of steep escarpments with a dominant trend in a north-northwesterly direction. The continental slope escarpment follows this direction and is not influenced by the large change in trend found on shore at Point Conception. Many of the submarine escarpments show offsets with the northerly portions set to the northeast. Also a number of the escarpments show slope reversals along their length. Directly outside the continental slope there are a series of oval mountains with trends in a north-northeasterly direction. These are probably volcanoes and from their trends suggest possible tensional phenomena.
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