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Imperial County Mud Pots or Imperial Mud Pots

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

On the southeast side of Salton Sea lies an unusual geologic formation. In recent years, geologists have begun to speculate that these mud volcanos are an extension of the San Andreas Fault that previously was believed to have ended in the Salton Sea. Several sites form a line of mud pots extending back to the Sea and the end of the fault that is visable on the surface.

The site shown here is on private land at the northeast corner of Schrimpf Road and Davis Road, both unimposing dirt roads in an agricultural area. There are no signs, parking areas, or services, just a few acres of cones of what some describe as mud volcanos. Some pots just bubbled, some plopped out globs of mud, some were pools or empty depressions, and some are cones. The closest pot is about one hundred feet from the road.

Other mentions of the San Andrea Fault in this web site, near Palm Springs, Carrizo plain, Mission San Juan Bautista.
Looking east out over the site from Davis Road.
Looking east out over the site past a sink hole.
Looking east out over the site past several mud volcano mounds.
Mud volcanos and pools. The pools don't produce a lot of water, but some accumulates.
Mud volcanos and pools.
Mud volcanos and pools.
Mud volcanos and pools.
Mud volcanos with a small crater of bubbling mud.
Mud volcanos with a small crater of bubbling mud.
Mud volcanos with a small crater of bubbling mud.
The site has many of these sink holes. Visitors should watch where they walk.
More of the many sink holes.

Another sink hole.

There are also many of these side-spitting vents.
Two more side-spitting vents.
Two more small vents.

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