Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Geology of Amboy Crater

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GEOLOGY OF AMBOY CRATER w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Volcanoes of Southern California? We are famous for faults, earthquakes, and maybe other geologic phenomena, but not volcanoes.

When we look at our landscape, we find evidence of volcanic activity, some relatively recent. In this class, you will learn basic geology concepts and explore Amboy Volcano and the surrounding lava fields to understand why they formed and if they could become active again! Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Amboy Crater is recognized for its visual and geological significance. There are several dormant volcanoes in the Mojave Desert, and Amboy Crater is a perfect example of a cinder volcanic cone very similar to the volcanoes throughout the region. Join Professor Alessandro Grippo on this all-day field trip.

About the Instructor: Alessandro Grippo, Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, has researched and taught geology, oceanography, stratigraphy, environmental geology, and field classes at Santa Monica College and several California State University campuses. Alessandro has a keen interest in the geology of the American southwest and loves being out there exploring, learning, and sharing his passion for Earth and its history. Alessandro worked in the oil industry between his M.S. and his Ph.D., was a fellow faculty member at NASA-JPL for one year, and brought his students from Catalina Island to Nevada, from the Salton Sea to northern California. His interests and study and his passion for photography took him throughout Europe and the Americas, looking for geological features.

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November 5, 2022 @ 09:00 AM to
03:00 PM

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