Three principal faults form the Lake Tahoe basin: the West Tahoe Fault, aligned between Meyers and Tahoe City, and which is the local segment of the Sierra Nevada Fault, extending on shore north and south of these localities; the Stateline/North Tahoe Fault, starting in the middle of the lake and creating the relief that forms Stateline, NV; and the Incline Village Fault, which runs parallel to the Stateline/North Tahoe Fault offshore and into Incline Village.The West Tahoe Fault appears to be the most active and potentially hazardous fault in the basin.This kind of faulting is characteristic of the geology of the adjoining Great Basin to the east.Lake Tahoe is the youngest of several extensional basins of the Walker Lane deformation zone that accommodates nearly 12 mm/yr of dextral shear between the Sierra Nevada-Great Valley Block and North America.
Down-dropping and block tilting (half-grabens) created the Lake Tahoe Basin in between.
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; Washo: dáʔaw) is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States.
Lying at 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it straddles the state line between California and Nevada, west of Carson City.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America,) trails only the five Great Lakes as the largest by volume in the United States.