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UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The University of California Museum of Paleontology investigates and promotes the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education.

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Was there ever a waterfall at the Golden Gate?

July 01, 2010 by Michael Ellis

Q: Rumor has it there might have been a waterfall at the Golden Gate during the last ice age, when ...

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Black Coal, Bright Flowers

April 01, 2008 by Horst Rademacher

The peaceful hills of Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve weren't always so: One hundred twenty years ago, you'd have found bustling towns full of miners and their families and, nearby, the mine works and railroads that carried out tons of coal and sand, feeding the booming industries of Northern California. Today, the park offers grand vistas, abundant wildflowers, and a mine tour that gives an illuminating view of both the work of the miners and the geological history that brought them here and shaped the aboveground landscape.

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Muir Woods Anniversary

April 01, 2008 by John Hart

Though named for legendary conservationist John Muir, Muir Woods National Monument is really the legacy of William Kent, a wealthy landowner and politician. His gift to the nation 100 years ago of this redwood-lined valley in southwestern Marin, containing the last significant old-growth stands in the county, meant that millions of visitors from around the region and the world would get to witness these magnificent trees. The park's anniversary caps a remarkable century of conservation in the Bay Area.

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Old Hills, New Economies

April 01, 2001 by David Rains Wallace

The vast expanse of rugged country east of high-tech Santa Clara Valley, crowned by the Bay Area's highest peak, has been a refuge for wild species—humans included—for a very long time.

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