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Bay Nature magazineOctober-December 2013


The San Francisco Bay Area’s crazy quilt-pattern of rock formations — shaped by earthquakes — are the key to understanding the region’s landscapes. From ice-age dune sand in San Francisco to recently subsided land in the Santa Clara Valley or the veritable maze of earthquake faults in the East Bay, the geology is a fascinating blueprint of the region’s natural history.

On the Trail: By Land and By Sea in the California Coastal National Monument

October 07, 2013 by Meade Fischer

The link between dry land and deep water may soon be better recognized thanks to twin efforts to link together 3,300 acres of spectacular public shoreline and to make that land part of the California Coastal National Monument, a sprawling protected area almost no one’s ever heard of.


Could fracking the Monterey Shale lead to the next Big One?

September 17, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

The Monterey Shale runs through some of California's major fault lines. Could pounding the earth trigger the next Big One?

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How the Monterey Shale came to be

September 02, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

There has been so much talk of a potential fracking boom in California. But how, exactly, did the Monterey shale formation become so valuable?


Fracking the land of the kit fox, and its fellow desert natives

August 21, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What's in store for the desert species who've come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?

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Warren Hall Implosion Reveals Secrets of the Hayward Fault

August 20, 2013 by Claire Mathieson

Maybe now we'll know more about what the heck the earthquake-prone Hayward Fault is doing.

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In condor country comes a California oil boom

July 18, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

California could be on the verge of a major oil boom centered a stone's throw from the Bay Area. What does that mean for the landscape and the wildlife that call that place home?


Dinosaur eggs on Point Reyes Estero Trail?

March 29, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Tim Hastings wrote to us wondering about “many large round, almost ‘dinosaur-egg’ like rocks dotting the muddy sands” when he ...


More visitors expected as Pinnacles becomes a national park

February 21, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Now that it's officially on the national park circuit, Pinnacles may be seeing more visitors as diehard national park goers add the geological wonder to their bucket lists.

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Should we be worried about asbestos in serpentine rock?

January 31, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Should we worry about asbestos in serpentine rock? Yes, a bit. In California, we have North America’s largest exposures. It's even our official state rock.


Why does Half Moon Bay get winter monster waves?

January 16, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The Mavericks surf contest has been called for Sunday, January 20. As we wait for big kahunas to roll in, we ask why Half Moon Bay gets the legendary waves that become the surfer's delight.

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