The following links give the viewgraphs, animations, etc. used for the Docent Class Talk:
- Ronald Blakey's Paleogeographic Reconstructions of Western North America, 0 to 215 Mya.
- 5 minute oral overview of geology of the Santa Rosa Plateau: "Three Rocks, Three Stories":
- Woodson Mountain Granodiorite: ~100 million years old, forms white boulders on the surface, rock cooled slowly in underground magma chamber for the volcanoes formerly present in southern California similar to Mt. St. Helens.
- Bedford Canyon Formation: ~100 million years old, former sediments deposited on sea floor from erosion of edge of North America continent, metamorphosed by being next to the underground magma chamber. Erodes easily, and so is almost never seen on the surface. Rocks sometimes show the deformed sedimentary layers. (Actually not a single rock type; consists of altered shale, conglomerate, limestone, etc.)
- Santa Rosa Basalt: ~10 million years old, deposited by a spreading center on the flat land that existed in southern California then. Found on flat-topped mesas. The dark brown / blackish rocks often, but do not always, have frozen air bubbles. Only 4% of the rock is left, the rest having eroded away!
- Geologic Animations from The Educational Multimedia Visualization Center of the Department of Earth Science, U.C.S.B., Tanya Atwater, Director.
The ones I showed, in order, are:
- Pacific Hemisphere Plate, 80Ma to Present
- Mesozoic Subduction
- Southern California, Origin and Dispersal of the Poway Conglomerate
- Plate Tectonic History of Southern California, 20 Ma to Present (stable North America held fixed)
- Southern California, 20 Ma to Present
- Southern California Paleomagnetic Vectors
- Miocene: Rifting and rotation, volcanism, crustal upwelling and deposition in marine basins
- Plio-Pleistocene Oblique Shortening against the San Andreas fault
- N.E. Pacific and W. North America Plate History, 38 Ma to Present.
- N.E. Pacific and W. North America Future in next 10 Million years
- Viewgraphs on Santa Rosa Basalt (only first three viewgraphs, up to geo_2.html)
- Pictures Showing Geology Throughout the Santa Rosa Plateau
- Examination of samples of the actual rocks
- Geology From Google Earth Throughout the Santa Rosa Plateau
- Geologic Map of Public Area of Santa Rosa Plateau (adapted from Turner and Loera 2003. My map does not include the very small mapped areas of Gabbro, Santiago Peak Volcanics, and Tertiary arkosic sand and gravel)
- Brodiaea santarosae
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