GS 5 Living on the Edge
GS 5: You ARE Living on the Edge
For the Next Four Years!
2 DAY field trip along California Coast
The Department of Geological Sciences invites YOU to come take a look over that edge! (1 unit)
Fall and Spring quarters
GS 5: Living on the Edge Brought to you again by popular demand!
Are you new to the Bay Area? Welcome to life along the Pacific Rim of Fire! Do you wonder about the San Andreas Fault and earthquakes? How people live with its associated threats? Winter weather, mudslides and seacliff erosion? Do you want to discover where the best beaches are? Hidden redwood forests? Do you wonder where your water comes from? Do you want to learn more about the Earth Sciences? California’s geology is ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’ !
This class is a weekend field trip to the Pacific Coast April 7-8. Tour local beaches, geology, landforms, earthquake, volcanic and climate hazards with expert guides. Enjoy a locally grown, seasonal BBQ dinner and camp overnight on the Santa Cruz coast. Get to know your fellow students and faculty and graduate students in the Earth Sciences. You will come away with a better sense of your local EARTH and your place within it!
Requirements: An organizational and two afternoon/eve campus meetings and the weekend field trip to the Pacific Coast (1 credit S/NS). Attendance at meetings and field trip is required as is taking notes on the field trip and turning them in (we read them!). Limited to ~25-30 students (Frosh have first choice)
Instructors: Miller + various
The “Edge” :
Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide
Take a plunge into “Deep Time” (that’s like millions of years)
Boulders in a Cretaceous sandstone (80 million years old) were eroded from rocks in southern California and moved 100’s of km north to Pigeon Point, giving good control on the amount of slip along the San Andreas transform fault. How do geologists figure things like this out? …it’s complicated.. but it’s helpful that rocks have clocks!