California Rocks!

Stanford University Continuing Studies
Mary Leech, Ph.D.



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Click the links below for California Rocks! course materials:

Course syllabus

Web sites of interest

Course project guidelines


Field trip guides (excluding figures):

Geology of the Marin Headlands and the Half Moon Bay coast

Geology and rocks of the Stanford campus



Download a copy of the Periodic Table of the Elements and the Geologic Time Scale (detailed or simplified version).




Lecture slides:

Lecture 1: Introduction - Plate tectonics, geologic time, rocks & minerals.


Lecture 2: The San Andreas fault - Earthquakes, bay area faults, introduction to topographic maps and aerial photos.

Lecture 3: Young volcanoes of California - The Cascades, Modoc Plateau, and Long Valley.

Lecture 4: The Sierra Nevada - Granite, gold, and glaciers.
(Several scanned images do not appear correctly in .pdf form - refer to these same figures in your textbook California Geology)

Lecture 5: The Basin and Range and Mojave Desert - Young faults, old rocks.

Lecture 6: The Klamath Mountains and Franciscan Complex - Accreted terranes, subduction zones, and mantle rocks.
(Several scanned images do not appear correctly in .pdf form - refer to these same figures in your textbook California Geology)

Lecture 7: The Coast Ranges and coastal processes

Lecture 8: Deserts - Desert landforms and Death Valley

Lecture 9: The Great Valley of California - Fluvial processes, hydrology, and water issues in California

Lecture 10: Geologic hazards in California - Earthquakes and landslides




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Common rocks in California

Click the links below to see images of these rocks and minerals

Sedimentary Igneous Metamorphic
Chert Basalt Gneiss
Sandstone Granite Marble
Shale Obsidian Schist
Serpentinite




Common minerals in California

Click the links below to see images of these rocks and minerals

Augite

Biotite

Calcite

Garnet

Gypsum

Hematite

Hornblende

Muscovite

Olivine

Plagioclase feldspar

Potassium feldspar

Pyrite - Fool's gold

Quartz

Serpentine



Read a selection of course comments from Spring 2001 students.






** Updated 8 November 2001 **


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