Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Geology of the San Andreas Fault

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GEOLOGY OF THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
California is a state defined by plate tectonics, motion, continental drift, and subduction zones.

Join geologist Ted Reeves as he explains the origin and effects of the San Andres Fault system. Reeves will unfold the geologic story of the Indio Hills, the Mecca Hills, and Salton Trough in this all-day field class. Participants will meet at the Coachella Valley Preserve and walk a short distance to see fault features. You will then travel to Box Canyon and Painted Canyon and observe spectacular faults and folds where the Pacific plate is forcing up the Mecca Hills. Reeves will illuminate fault-related features in the field with special emphasis on the physical deformations of the landscape. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the San Andreas fault zone and the palm oases!

About the Instructor: Ted Reeves taught Geology and Biology at Chaffey High School for 37 years. He is presently teaching for the University of the Pacific and believes a relevant Natural History class requires an outdoor experience. In 2000, he received the National Association of Geology Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award.


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November 19, 2022 @ 09:00 AM to
04:00 PM

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