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New Fossils from the Caldecott Tunnel

New Fossils from the Caldecott Tunnel

Paleontologists have shown new fossils from beneath the Berkeley Hills, where the Caldecott Tunnel is being expanded with a fourth bore.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

The body of rock underlying the central Tiburon Peninsula is the rarest and most scientifically precious part of the Franciscan Complex, an assemblage of materials that was once involved in subduction.

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Deep Jiggles with Distant Triggers

Deep Jiggles with Distant Triggers

Besides earthquakes, there is a whole spectrum of energetic activity in the solid Earth.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: A Visit to the Hayward Fault

Geological Outings Around the Bay: A Visit to the Hayward Fault

The best place to visit a fault is in Hayward, where the Hayward fault runs right through downtown. You can take BART there and enjoy a good meal while you're in town.

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Geothermal Heats Up

Geothermal Heats Up

Solar and wind power may get the headlines when it comes to renewable energy. But another type of clean power is heating up in the hills just north of Sonoma wine country. The Geysers, the world's largest power-producing geothermal field, has been providing electricity for roughly 850,000 Northern California households, and is set to expand even further.

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Bay Area Volcanoes

Bay Area Volcanoes

Lava flows and ashfall beds are widespread in our rocks, marking the progress of an ancient volcanic center through the area. Indeed, volcanism helps you read this story.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Marin Headlands

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Marin Headlands

The Marin Headlands are a textbook location to see some classic rocks of the Franciscan Complex, rocks that literally shape San Francisco's worldview.

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Calera Limestone, a Gift from the Ancient Pacific

Calera Limestone, a Gift from the Ancient Pacific

This humble stone is both economically and scientifically valuable, not just a mainstay of the concrete supply but a signpost in time from a world now lost.

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Earthquake Warning

Earthquake Warning

When a devastating earthquake shook Japan last month, some residents knew it was coming. A series of warning signals was sent out, including over Japanese television. Scientists say we could be just a few years away from launching a similar system here in California. As Amy Standen reports, the science is here but the funding is not.

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Earthquake Early Warning: What Could We Do With 15 Seconds?

Earthquake Early Warning: What Could We Do With 15 Seconds?

What would an earthquake early warning look like?

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QUEST Earthquake Resources

QUEST Earthquake Resources

Check out some of the stories that QUEST has produced over the years about earthquakes.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Alum Rock Park

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Alum Rock Park

A hundred years ago Alum Rock Park was a big health spa, with a rail line direct from downtown to the warm mineral springs. Today the springs still run among the upturned rocks between the Hayward and Calaveras faults.

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Landslide Season

Landslide Season

Landslides are widespread in the Bay Area by the end of wet winters like this year's rainy season. You can learn their signs for any time of year.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Shell Beach

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Shell Beach

One of California's most distinctive and mysterious bodies of rock is well displayed at Shell Beach, north of Bodega Bay in Sonoma County.

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The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

On March 12, a one-foot tidal wave was filmed as it slowly surged across the San Francisco Bay. The wave traveling 5000 miles from Japan started out as a 23-foot tsunami off the Japanese coast.

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Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Central California will have good warning of big seismic tsunamis which aren't created nearby, but always keep your weather eye out.

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Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

It feels like the world is still shaking from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit northern Japan on Friday.

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Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Groundwater is still a major player in Bay Area water supplies, if a largely invisible one.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Pebble Beach

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is a great place to look at the deep sea floor without getting your feet wet.

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EarthCaches: Learning Through Hide-and-Seek

EarthCaches: Learning Through Hide-and-Seek

The 21st-century sport of geocaching is providing a new way to teach and learn about geology: EarthCaches.

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