Eastern Mojave Vegetation Coalinga Road - San Benito County  
 

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 Coalinga Road passes through the Inner Coast Ranges from Bitterwater Valley to the Fresno County Line where it becomes Los Gatos Road.

Other articles: CA Hwy 25 at Coalinga Road
Full Size ImageJunction of CA Hwy 25 and Coalinga Road near Bitterwater.  

Junction: California Highway 25, north past Pinnacles National Monument and Hollister to US Highway 101.

Literature Cited:
- Cashman, Susan M., John N. Baldwin, Katharine V. Cashman, Karl Swanson, and Ryan Crawford, 2007.

Locations: Flook Ranch.  

Approximate location of Flook Ranch, where trenching has exposed microstructures developed by coseismic and aseismic faulting in near-surface sediments.

Other articles: Field Notes 17-Apr-05 at Coalinga Rd
Full Size ImageCoalinga Road looking east from Old Hernandez Road.  

 

Other articles: Old Hernandez Road at Coalinga Rd.  

Junction: Old Hernandez Road, north along the San Benito River to the former townsite of San Benito.

Other articles: Field Notes 17-Apr-05 at Coalinga Rd
Full Size ImageCoalinga Road looking west from Old Hernandez Road.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 203, 2 Apr 2000 Coll. No. 204, 2 Apr 2000
Full Size ImageGeneral view east along Coalinga Road.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 203, Death Camas (Toxicoscordian fremontii) along Coalinga Road.  

Pass on Coalinga Road, near Sweetwater Spring, Lorenzo Vasquez Canyon to the northwest, Miller Canyon to the southeast.
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Coll. No. 203, Toxicoscordion fremontii
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Coll. No. 204, Ranunculus californicus var. californicus

Full Size ImageHernandez Reservoir on Coalinga Road  
Hernandez Reservoir

Other articles: Clear Creek Road 90000
Full Size ImageCoalinga Road at the turn off to Clear Creek Road  

Junction: Clear Creek Road, along Clear Creek to Idria.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 on the San Benito River
Full Size ImageLooking down the canyon along Coalinga Road  

Looking down the canyon from the spot we stopped to have lunch.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 on the San Benito River.
Full Size ImageSerpentine conglomerate in the bed of the San Benito River.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 along the San Benito River

Locations: San Benito River.
Full Size ImageSan Benito River at the place we had lunch.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 along the San Benito River
Full Size ImageLooking up the canyon where we had lunch.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 on the San Benito River
Full Size ImageView north in the upper reaches of the San Benito River.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Feb-06 on Coalinga Road.

Locations: San Benito River.
Full Size ImageView northeast in the upper reaches of the San Benito River.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 20060204200
Full Size ImagePlaque about Benitoite.  

Benitoite was discovered on February 22, 1907 by James Marshall Couch while prospecting for quicksilver on a fifty dollar grubstake for shares from R. W. Dallas and Tom Sanders. On July 30, 1907, mineralogy professor George D. Louderback identified it as a new mineral species, Barium Titanium Silicate (BaTiSi3O9). He named it Benitoite after the river, county and nearby mountain range. The gem-quality crystal combines the color of a sapphire with the fire of a diamond. It looks like two studdy triangular pyramids attached at their bases; its shape is unique. It flouresces a bright deep-sky blue under ultraviolet light. Benitoite in gem quality occurs nowhere else in the world. It is assopciated with other rare minerals such as Fresnoite, Joaquinite, Natrolite, and Neptunite. They formed in fractures of a serpentine rock from hydrothermal solutions. Just how such solutions occurred and what other conditions caused the crystallization of these rare minerals is still not well understood. Benitoite was declared the official California state gem on October 1, 1985.

Dedicated October 27, 2001. Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 and James Savage Chapter 1852. E Clampus Vitus.

Other articles: Los Gatos Road at Coalinga Rd  

Junction: Los Gatos Road

Coalinga Road becomes Los Gatos Road at the Fresno County Line

 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Cashman, Susan M., John N. Baldwin, Katharine V. Cashman, Karl Swanson, and Ryan Crawford. 2007. Microstructures developed by coseismic and aseismic faulting in near-surface sediments, San Andreas fault, California. Geology. 37(7):611-614. {TAS-pdf}
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Date and time this article was prepared: 5/18/2017 11:58:33 AM