California Rocks! A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State

California Rocks!  A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State

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Tour California by visiting these 65 geological sites, each site illustrated with color pictures Geologic Time Scale
Plate Tectonics and California

Northeast California
I. Lava Beds National Monument
Caves in Basalt
2. Mount Shasta
A Stratovolcano
3. Castle Crags State Park
Exfoliation Joints in Granitic Rock
4. McArthur— Burney Falls Memorial State Park
A Spring-Fed Waterfall
5. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Eruptions and Boiling Springs

North Coast
6. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Josephine Ophiolite
7. Crescent City
Tsunami Country
8. Patrick's Point State Park
Franciscan Melange and Younger Rocks
9. Cache Creek Natural Area
The Great Valley Sequence
10. Salt Point State Park
Trace Fossils

San Francisco Bay Area
1 I. Sonoma Coast State Park
Sea Stacks
12. Calistoga's Petrified Forest
Petrified Wood
13. Napa Valley
Terroir of Wine
14. Point Reyes National Seashore
The San Andreas Fault and the Rocks It Brought with It
15. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Radiolarian Chert and Pillow Basalt
16. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Young Volcanics in the Coast Range
17. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
California Coal
18. Mount Diablo State Park
Trail Through Time
19. Vasco Caves Regional Preserve
Concretions in Sandstone
20. Mavericks Surf Break
Seafloor Topography
21. San Gregorio State Beach
Sea Caves and Trace Fossils
22. Bean Hollow State Beach
Tafoni and Graded Bedding
23. Los Trancos Open Space Preserve
The 1906 Earthquake
24. Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Mercury Mine

Sierra Nevada
25. Sutter Buttes
A Young Volcanic Center
26. Empire Mine State Historic Park
Hard Rock cold Mine
27. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Hydraulic Mining of Placer Deposits
28. Mather Regional Park
Vernal Pools
29. Lake Tahoe
History of a Basin
30. Grover Hot Springs State Park
Sierra Volcanics
31. California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Gemstones and Gold
32. Yosemite National Park
Sculpting by Water and Ice
33. Kings Canyon National Park
Mineralogy of Granite
34. Sequoia National Park
Caves in Marble

Eastern Sierra
35. Bodie State Historic Park
Gold Mining Ghost Town
36. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Pillars of Limestone
37. Panum Crater
A Very Recent Eruption
38. Devils Postpile National Monument
Columns in a Lava Flow
39. Horseshoe Lake
Carbon Dioxide Tree Kill
40. Hot Creek Geological Site
Hot Geysers in a Cold Creek
41. Convict Lake
A Roof Pendant
Central Coast
42. Castle Rock State Park
Tafoni Weathering of Sandstone
43. Natural Bridges State Beach
Coastal Erosion
44. Carmel River State Beach
Submarine Monterey Canyon
45. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
The Salinian Block and the Carmelo Formation
46. Morro Bay State Park
A Line of Volcanic Plugs
47. Pinnacles National Monument
7-1 Volcano Split by the San Andreas Fault

South Coast
48. Gaviota State Park
The Monterey Formation
49. Kern County Museum
Black Gold
50. Red Rock Canyon State Park
Miocene Fossils
51. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Transverse Ranges
52. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area
Red Conglomerates and Fanglomerates
53. Devils Punchbowl County Park
Folded and Faulted Rocks
54. La Brea Tar Pits
Ice Age Fossils
55. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
56. Crystal Cove State Park
Marine Terraces
57. San Onofre State Beach
Cristianitos Fault
58. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Sedimentary Features along the Beach Trail
59. Mission Trails Regional Park
Mountain of granite
60. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Rocks of the Peninsular Ranges

61. Death Valley National Park
Salt Flats in a Closed Basin
62. Mojave National Preserve
Sand Dunes and Volcanic Tuff
63. Joshua Tree National Park
Rock Weathering
64. Salton Sea State Recreation Area
A Saline Lake
65. Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Flash Floods
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