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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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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Enjoy a quiet canyon amid the noise, haste and rumpled rocks of the East Bay.

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In Search of the Oldest Stuff: Rocks of Ages

In Search of the Oldest Stuff: Rocks of Ages

What's the oldest stuff you've ever seen, or better still, touched? Have you felt awe from contact with something of great antiquity? How old can stuff be?

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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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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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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Albany Hill

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Albany Hill

Among the commuters who pass it twice a day, surely thousands of people wonder about that dramatic little hill next to I-80/580 just north of Berkeley. Wonder no more.

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GeoZeum: A Personal Museum of Geology

GeoZeum: A Personal Museum of Geology

GeoZeum is something between a rock shop and a discovery museum in historic—and geologically rich—San Juan Bautista.

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There's Nothing Like a Rock Show

There's Nothing Like a Rock Show

No one is above the appeal of a pretty rock. Bay Area rock-and-mineral shows will use geology's loveliest faces to entice you into Earth science.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Stinson Beach

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Stinson Beach

Even if geology weren't a factor, Stinson Beach would be among my top Bay Area beaches. But with me, geology is always a factor. Let's take in the scene.

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Bay Area Geology Books

Bay Area Geology Books

Learning about geology isn't just a matter of going out and wandering around, as fun as that is. Books help a lot, and here are my favorites.

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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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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: 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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Home Sweet Serpentine

Home Sweet Serpentine

Serpentine soil is a tough environment, but some unique plants and animals call it home.

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The sky is falling… or is it?

The sky is falling… or is it?

Why is it that meteorites are brought to me for identification in clusters? I don't mean that people bring clusters of meteorites-but it seems I get calls and visits from possessors of unknown rock samples, hopeful that they are of extraterrestrial origin, in bursts. This time I got two inquiries in two days!

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