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Geological Outings Around the Bay: New Almaden

Geological Outings Around the Bay: New Almaden

The New Almaden area looms large in Gold Rush history. Today it's an open-air museum of California mining practices and quicksilver geology.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Panoche and Tumey Hills

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Panoche and Tumey Hills

Interstate 5 doesn't have to be a dreary drive. Take a geological side trip on the way, for instance to the hidden Coast Range treasures due west of Fresno.

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The Half-Life of Disaster Awareness

The Half-Life of Disaster Awareness

Moves to trim the federal budget for its tsunami program arouse concern for deep as well as shallow reasons.

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Gigapans: Panoramas that Bring You All the Way There

Gigapans: Panoramas that Bring You All the Way There

These gigantic, zoomable photographs bring all the glory of great places to your screen. They also bring you geologic lessons of all sizes.

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Our Corner of Cascadia

Our Corner of Cascadia

A moderate earthquake this week in northwestern California is a reminder that part of our state lies in Cascadia, our tectonic analog of Sumatra and Japan.

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What Can Lake Vostok Tell Us About Europa?

What Can Lake Vostok Tell Us About Europa?

Does the prospect of life in subglacial Lake Vostok really point to the same on the icy satellite Europa? The answer may surprise you.

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Explaining Earthquakes

Explaining Earthquakes

Dig into the science of earthquakes! Learn the basics, check out an animation on seismic waves, test your quake knowledge, and hear from a Bay Area geophysicist.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Napa Glass Mountain

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Napa Glass Mountain

A Napa Valley roadcut was once a strategic resource center for the local inhabitants. Today it still draws visitors seeking out that resource: obsidian.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Mount Vaca and the Monticello Dam

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Mount Vaca and the Monticello Dam

Visit two great landmarks of the northeastern Bay Area—one highly visible, the other well hidden—featuring the same body of rock.

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Treasure from the Sky

Treasure from the Sky

The recently authenticated fall of meteorites from Mars excites fever dreams as well as scientific fervor.

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Confounding Concretions

Confounding Concretions

Not crystals, not meteorites and not fossils, concretions puzzle people who find them. Geologists find them only slightly less puzzling than the general public.

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A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

The planet Mars tantalizes with its resemblance to parts of Earth. Now space geologists with their trusty field assistant, the rover Opportunity, have found gypsum veins there like those in our own countryside.

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Got Science on the Brain? Come Blog with QUEST

Got Science on the Brain? Come Blog with QUEST

Got science on the brain? Come blog with us. KQED’s QUEST is looking to add new voices to our blog, which already offers commentary from our producers, reporters, and several writers from science organizations in our region. pply by February 1st.

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Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand

Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand

Sand . . . we play in it, we stroll on it, we make castles out of it, but what do we really know about it? The size, shape and location of a grain a sand can tell us a lot about it's origin, makeup and history.

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The Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz

The Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz

Twenty questions, four days to answer them, and one giveaway hint — that's what this geological quiz is about.

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Top KQED QUEST Stories of 2011

Top KQED QUEST Stories of 2011

From hackerspaces to banana slugs, flying telescopes to cheese – it's been a quite a diverse year of storytelling here at QUEST. Here's a round-up of the top 10 video and audio stories and blog posts that you've enjoyed from the past year.

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Getting Started on Earthquake Preparedness

Getting Started on Earthquake Preparedness

Preparing your home is a part of the Bay Area's response to future earthquakes that is just as essential as the Bay Bridge upgrade, but you can manage it yourself with some free help.

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AGU: Twenty Thousand Geeks by the Sea

AGU: Twenty Thousand Geeks by the Sea

Geoscientists mark the holiday season every year by swarming to San Francisco to eat, drink and talk science.

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Bay Area Tides

Bay Area Tides

The daily tides are the Bay's way of breathing, from its windpipe at the Golden Gate to its lungs, the wetlands from the Delta to the coast.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Natural Bridges

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Natural Bridges

There's more to see at Natural Bridges State Beach than the temporary natural bridge. It's a monument to the cultural as well as the geological past.

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