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View Resource California Geological Survey-Educational Resources Center

How do we understand the Earth and its complexity? It's a crucial question in our age. Fortunately, the California Geological Survey is interested in these matters. The Survey's Educational Resources Center site features California geology maps, teachers' aids, and "California Geology 101." This last resource is an interactive index of online geologic field trip guides and related sites. The...

View Resource The San Andreas Fault

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) publication discusses the San Andreas Fault in California; specifically what has caused the fault, where it is located, surface features that characterize it, and movement that has occurred. General earthquake information includes an explanation of what earthquakes are, and earthquake magnitude versus intensity. Earthquakes that have occurred along the...

View Resource The Santa Ana Winds

This page demonstrates the development of a Santa Ana wind event in the Los Angeles basin. It includes a brief description of these, hot, dry offshore winds, some legends surrounding them, and some of their potentially damaging effects. A series of images shows how a simulated Santa Ana event develops and evolves, depicting temperature, wind speed, and humidity. The images are also available as...

View Resource The Manzanita Trail

This guide includes directions and a list of stops for the Manzanita Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains of California. Hikers can follow the trace of the Punchbowl Fault and see a variety of features, including fault gouge, slickensides and easy-to-identify juxtapositions of quite different rock types on either side of the fault. The trail also passes through many vegetation zones, which exhibit...

View Resource Earthquake Probability Map for San Francisco Bay Area

This map displays earthquake probabilities for several faults in the San Francisco Bay Area. The probability values are for the occurrence of one or more major (magnitude greater than or equal to 6.7) earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Region during the next thirty years. Each fault on the map is color-coded to indicate the relative probability, and numerical values are displayed in boxes. The...

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