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Geology and Natural History of the Anza-Borrego Desert

Geology and Natural History of the Anza-Borrego Desert

Course Number: GEO X460.3

1.5 units

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the most biologically diverse and geologically active regions in all of western North America. This remarkable preserve occupies a unique position atop three major fault zones at the western margin of the Salton Sea Trough, where the earth's crust is literally tearing itself apart. This course explores the geology and natural history of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, with an emphasis on the dynamic relationships between climate, geology and biogeography that have shaped this region for millennia. Participants gain hands-on field experience identifying plants, animals, rocks, minerals, earthquake faults, and other geologic and geomorphic features unique to this area.

Prerequisites

No Prerequisites for this course

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