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Roadside Geology of Southern California


By Arthur Gibbs Sylvester and Elizabeth O'Black Gans

Learn about the Geology of Southern California with maps, photos and expert descriptions! This 6"x9" paperback has 389 pages that are packed with detailed information about Southern California Geology. See table of contents below.

Roadside Geology of Southern CaliforniaTable of Contents

PREFACEVIII
INTRODUCTION1
Understanding the Earth3
Rocks and Rock Formation3
Plate Tectonics4
Faults, faulting, and Earthquakes6
Geologic Processes in Desert Environments8
Geologic Evolution of Southern California12
PROTEROZOIC EON12
Gneissic Basement Rock12
PALEOZOIC ERA13
The Continental Shelf13
MESOZOIC ERA13
Subduction and Batholith Formation13
CENOZOIC ERA16
Crustal Breakup, Rift Volcanism, and Basin Sedimentation16
Development of the San Andreas Fault17
Rotation of the Western Tranverse Ranges20
The Present21
MOJAVE DESERT25
Detachment Faults28
Joshua Tree National Park28
ROAD GUIDES FOR THE MOJAVE DESERT34
Interstate 10: Indio - Blythe34
Interstate 15: Cajon Summit - Barstow39
Interstate 15: Barstow - Baker44
Interstate 15: Baker - Primm, Nevada54
Interstate 40: Barstow - Needles59
US 66: Ludlow - Fenner64
US 93: Blythe - Needles70
CA 14: Palmdale - Mojave - Red Rock Canyon77
CA 58: Tehachapi - Barstow83
CA62: North Palm Springs - Arizona Border89
Kelbaker Road: Interstate 40 - Baker92
CA 247: Yucca Valley - Barstow99
SALTON TROUGH105
Salton Trough Earthquakes108
Lake Cahulla and the Salton Sea109
Algodones Dunes110
WORLD-CLASS GEOLOGIC SITES111
Mecca Hills: Box Canyon and Painted Canyon111
Split Mountain Gorge123
Road Guides for the Salton Trough128
Interstate 8 and CA 98: Ocotillo - Yuma, Arizona128
Interstate 10: Beaumont - Indio133
CA 86: Coachella - Brawley140
CA 111: Calexico - Mecca144
PENINSULAR RANGES153
Peninsular Ranges Batholith155
Elsinore, San Jacinto, and Rose Canyon Faults157
The Old Erosion Surface, Perris Plain and the Poway Conglomerate158
Coastal Terraces161
Road Guides for the Peninsular Ranges162
Interstate 5: San Ysidro - San Clemente162
Interstate 8: Ocean Beach - Ocotillo171
Interstate 10: Los Angeles - Beaumont180
Interstate 15: San Diego - Corona183
CA 78: Carlsbad - Ocotillo Wells194
LOS ANGELES BASIN200
Formation of the Basin200
Oil Fields and the Monterey Formation204
Long Beach Oil Field and Signal Hill205
Baldwin Hills and Inglewood Oil Field207
Huntington Beach Oil Field208
Seal Beach Oil Field209
Wilmington Oil Field209
Los Angeles River210
La Brea Tar Pits212
San Juan Capistrano213
Coastal Region of the Basin214
Dana Point214
Laguna Beach218
Crystal Cove State Park218
Newport Bay220
Marshes and Lagoons221
Palos Verdes Hills222
Redondo Submarine Canyon and Sand Dunes223
Marina del Rey Breakwater233
TRANSVERSE RANGES224
Western Transverse Ranges225
Ventura Basin225
Conejo and Santa Cruz Island Volcanics227
Eastern Transverse Ranges228
San Bernardino Mountains228
San Gabriel Mountains229
Road Guides for the Transverse Ranges231
Interstate 5: Sylmar - Grapevine231
Interstate 15 and Interstate 215: San Bernardino - Cajon Summit242
Interstate 210: Sylmar - San Bernardino249
Interstate 405: West Los Angeles - Sylmar255
US 101: Hollywood - Ventura262
US 101 and CA 1: Ventrua - Buellton and Lompoc267
CA 1: Santa Monica - Oxnard287
CA 2: Eagle Rock - Wrightwood296
CA 14: Sylmar - Palmdale305
CA 33: Ventrua - Cuyama311
CA 38 and CA 18: Redlands - Big Bear City - Lucerne Valley320
CA 126: Ventura - Santa Clarita331
CHANNEL ISLANDS337
San Miguel Island338
Santa Rosa Island339
Santa Cruz Island340
Anacapa Island341
Santa Barbara Island342
Santa Catalina Island343
San Clemente Island344
San Nicolas Island345
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA346
GLOSSARY350
FURTHER READING AND REFERENCES361
INDEX371