Wooster Geologist in California


CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA–The peak above is part of the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Claremont.  Today is one of the best southern California offers: brilliant sun, temperatures in the 70s, and very clear skies.  Apparently this view of the mountains is not always available because of air pollution, but you would never know it this morning.

The San Gabriel Mountains separate the Los Angeles Basin from the Mojave Desert on the other side.  The San Andreas Fault runs through them in a very complex way.

I’m here for family reasons (Thanksgiving in San Diego — can’t beat that!), but there is always something geological about!

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.
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2 Responses to Wooster Geologist in California

  1. Grew up there, and went to school at the Claremont Colleges, and yes, sometimes the mountains are invisible. They are wonderful to hike in though, but I wish I knew the geology better when I was exploring up there. The mountain looks like Ontario Peak. Nice picture!

  2. Mark Wilson says:

    Hello Garry! Thanks for the comment. It is indeed Ontario Peak. I was there visiting my son in Pomona College.

    I just visited your blog and left a comment on your to-be-continued entry on Calico Ghost Town. I grew up in Barstow, just to complete the circle!

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