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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

This side trip takes you into the quiet range of hills that runs along the freeway south of Coalinga.

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The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

On February 8th, the rover Curiosity used its drill to bore a hole into a slab of flat bedrock, marking the first time we have probed deeply into the interior of a Martian rock in search of the secrets of Mars' past it may hold.

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Romantic Spots for Bay Area Geologists (and Those Who Love Them)

Romantic Spots for Bay Area Geologists (and Those Who Love Them)

Don't be surprised, be delighted if your current or future romantic partner treats you to a day straight up on the rocks.

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Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

More than the good salaries and jobs, it's the coolness that attracts young people to geoscience.

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Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

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Geoscientists Without Borders

Geoscientists Without Borders

The chance to do good with their tools draws geoscientists to humanitarian projects around the world.

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NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

Scientists are looking for elements and molecules that signify life as we know it. But even if they don’t find those molecules, minerals contain important information about the Martian environment. That could help scientists determine if life could have survived on the planet.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Sunol Regional Wilderness

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Sunol Regional Wilderness

The Franciscan rocks of Sunol Regional Wilderness are star players at the frontier of plate tectonics.

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Smelly Rocks: Researchers Reveal The Source of "Stinkspar" Stench

Smelly Rocks: Researchers Reveal The Source of "Stinkspar" Stench

The source of the stench in crushed “stinkspar” is a 200-year old mystery. Solving this puzzle took a mixture of old-fashioned chemical analysis and modern instruments.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Stony Creek Valley

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Stony Creek Valley

Visit some classic rocks in the little-trafficked country lying just over the hills of the western Sacramento Valley.

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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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Affinity for Stone: The Public Art of Ruth Asawa

Affinity for Stone: The Public Art of Ruth Asawa

Stone is more than the plaything of geologists. Each of us sees it in special ways. Take a look at stone in two masterworks by San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa.

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QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

Khalid Mosalam and his colleagues at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center's Shaking Table Laboratory are helping to make communities safer in an earthquake.

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Is the Salton Sea really "15 Months Pregnant" with our next big quake?

Is the Salton Sea really "15 Months Pregnant" with our next big quake?

In Southern California an intriguing journal article turned into "we're all gonna die" TV stories in the space of a day. Be ready for the next time this happens in the Bay Area.

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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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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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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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Friend Your Local Fault

Friend Your Local Fault

Earthquakes will never be as predictable as the weather, but if you get to know your nearest faults then earthquakes will be less of a surprise.

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Skiing Volcano Country

Skiing Volcano Country

Next time you're sitting on the chair lift waiting to take that next run at Kirkwood, look around at these beautiful mountains and picture the ancient volcanic landscape that created the terrain.

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The Unique Geometry of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Unique Geometry of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The geologic history of the greater Bay Area helps explain the unique geometry of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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