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US I-15 as seen from Harvard Hill.

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Afton Canyon

Field trip stop in Afton Canyon

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Field trip stop on the shore of Lake Manix

Norman Meek discusses the history of Pleistocene Lake Manix at this field trip stop on the 1780 ft. shoreline of the former lake.

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"Norms Nook," a slot canyon tributary to Afton Canyon

This slot canyon shows the rapid incision that has occurred since Afton Canyon formed. This tributary has incised in response to the rapidly lowered base level of Afton Canyon. Vertical incision occurred first, and the meandering of the stream from side to side is responsible for the overhangs. When the stream reaches a reasonable longitudinal gradient, a significant widening of the channel develops. Eventually the overhangs break off and the channel walls become vertical (Reynolds & Reynolds, 2000).

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  • Afton Road, Central Mojave Desert, California: Norms Nook.

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Almond Mountain

Wildflowers at Almond Mountain.

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Atolia

Sign for Atolia

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  • Atolia, San Bernardino County, California

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Barstow

Barstow as seen from Irwin Road

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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  • Barstow, San Bernardino County, California

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The Barstow Depot.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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  • Barstow, San Bernardino County, California

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Welding project beside the road.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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  • Barstow, San Bernardino County, California

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Blackwater Well

Blackwater Well with Almond Mountain in the background.

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Blackwater Well.

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Boron

US Borax Plant at Boron.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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  • Boron, Kern County, California

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  • California Highway 58: 54800.

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Buwalda Ridge

Air Photo showing Buwalda Ridge and Manix Wash

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

This map was brought by Marith Reheis, and was also used on other field trips to this area. We are at the location marked Day 2 Stop 2.

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The Mojave River flows past Buwalda Ridge.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Buwalda Ridge from Afton Road

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Central Mojave Desert

Approximate Location of Field Trip Stop P-4

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Helendale Road, near the north end at CA Hwy 58

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Take the middle road.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

If you're following the route in reverse order, i.e., from south to north, it can be hard to find the route down off the bluff. There are three routes north. The westernmost dead ends at a fine viewpoint. The easternmost goes into the housing development. Take the middle route shown here.

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Near Field Trip Stop P-3

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Helendale, as seen from the north.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Field Trip Stop P-5

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Near Field Trip Stop P-3

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Road up to the top of the bluff.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Road Junction; National Trails Highway and unknown road.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Road along the Union Pacific tracks.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Indian Trail Road off of Old US Hwy 66

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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The route north.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010. The route through these little hills, as described in Reynolds & Miller (2010) is from north to south. I did it from south to north, so I went down this little canyon, If you're following the field trip guide, you'll come up the little canyon.

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Cronese Basin

Cronese Basin with Cave Mountain.

The Cronese Basin with Cave Mountain on the south (left) side. The Basin Road overpass over U. S. Interstate 15 can be seen at the extreme left.

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Daggett Ridge

Stromatolitic limestone

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Overturned section of Barstow Formation at Columbus/Gem Mine

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Outcrop of Peach Spring Tuff

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Field Trip Stop M-12

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Field Trip Stop M-12

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Looking north from Daggett Ridge

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Drinkwater Valley

Field trip stop on Irwin Road.

During a field trip stop in the Drinkwater Valley, Terry Pavlis of the University of New Orleans discusses the evidence for 90 degrees of clockwise rotation of the Avawatz Mountains in the late Cenozoic (Pavlis et al., 1998).

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Emerald Basin

What we saw in the Emerald Basin.

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Getting the explanation of Emerald Basin.

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Emerald bed in the Barstow Formation

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

The mineral making the green color is Celadonite, a greenish mineral of hydrated iron, magnesium, potassium silicate containing small amounts of aluminum, calcium, sodium, and numerous trace elements.

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Fremont Valley

Fremont Valley from the mouth of Pine Tree Canyon

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

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US Hwy 395 crosses Fremont Valley

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Goler Road crosses Fremont Valley.

Koehn Dry Lake in the left middleground.

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CA Hwy 14 at Pine Tree Canyon

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

The mouth of Jawbone Canyon is in the distance.

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Garlock

Remains of the town of Garlock.

Garlock flourished in the late 1800s when gold was discovered in Goler Gulch. Photograph taken in May, 1998.

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  • Garlock Road, Central Mojave Desert, California: in Garlock.
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Garlock Fault

Escarpment of El Paso Mountains

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Dispersed camping at Goler Gulch

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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"Art by Kristal" alongside Garlock Road.

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

I also stopped and talked with Ricky Ricardo for a few minutes.

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Cabin near Goler Heights

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Overview of Eastern California Shear Zone.

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Cabin near Goler Heights

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Harvard Hill

David Miller shows the location of the thrust fault.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Structure of south Harvard Hill

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Harvard Maze

View west across a portion of the Harvard Maze

Photograph taken April 23, 2011.

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Kramer Junction

Present Day Kramer Station.

Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg collected here on April 19, 1940. Photograph taken May 27, 2001. The nearby cemetary was erected in late 1920, for the workers who died while building the railroad.

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Lake Manix

Field discussion of the source of the Manix Ash in the Lake anix sediments

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Two fossil bones weathered out of Lake Manix sediments.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Field discussion of the history of Lake Manix

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) in Lake Manix deposits.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Field Trip Stop: Dunn Wash Gravel Quarry.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Field Trip Stop on the shores of Lake Manix

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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Discussion of the depositional environment of the Lake Manix sediments.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

Mojave River in the background.

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Lime Hill

Field discussion of the geology in today's field trip.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011, near Lime Hill, San Bernardino County, California.

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  • Lime Hill, San Bernardino County, California

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Looking at bedded limestone on Lime Hill

Photograph taken April 23, 2011, on Lime Hill, San Bernardino County, California.

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  • Lime Hill, San Bernardino County, California

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Little Borate

Chevron folds in Barstow Formation at Little Borate

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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General view of Little Borate

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Mojave River

The Mojave River at Hinkley Road

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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The Mojave River and Helendale.

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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The Mojave River looking toward Wild Crossing

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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The Mojave River at Wild Crossing

Photograph taken 21 April 2010.

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Mojave Valley

Vicinity of Camp Cady on the Mojave River.

Photograph taken 20-April-06

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  • Camp Cady, San Bernardino County, California

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Who is this guy? Why does he keep showing up in my Mojave Desert photos?

At Field Trip Stop 1-1, we are looking at mid-Pleistocene Lake Manix. Here tufa was deposited by blue-green algae on alluvial fan deposits in clear water.

(The person in the photograph is Bob Reynolds, leader of the field trip, and prime instigator of the annual Desert Research Symposium.)

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  • U. S. Interstate 15: 56620.

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Agriculture in the Central Mojave.

This photograph looks east from Harvard Hill across the Mojave River to the Cady Mountains. The large green circle is one of several alfalfa fields in this area. Ground water is pumped into huge sprinkler systems to irrigate the alfalfa. The combination of soil disturbance and declining water tables has destabilized the landscape resulting in increased sand movement and dust storms that have been blamed for fatal highway accidents.

The cars and people are participating in the 2002 Desert Research Symposium field trip and are here in Harvard Hill to review marker beds in the Miocene Barstow Formation..

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View north from Columbus/Gem mine.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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View south across Mojave River from Harvard Hill.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

Newberry Springs to the south at the base of the hills.

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Field trip discussion of the Miocene Barstow Basin.

Small hill capped by resistant silicified algal limestone (MSL). The algal mats preserved here are the deep water facies of the MSL marker unit.

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View of Mojave Valley from Dagget Ridge

US Interstate 40 crosses the photograph in the middle ground. In the right middle ground is the Solar One solar power generation station. US Interstate 15 passes through Yermo in the near background, behind which are the Calico Mountains. Alvord Mountain is seen behind the Calico mountains.

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New Dunn

Union Pacific passes the site of Dunn.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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  • New Dunn, San Bernardino County, California

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Looking at root casts high in the section of the Afton Arm of Lake Manix

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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  • New Dunn, San Bernardino County, California

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Field Trip Stop at New Dunn

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

Photograph looks across the Union Pacific tracks hidden in the cut through Lake Manix sediments.

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  • New Dunn, San Bernardino County, California

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Owl Canyon

The Owl at Owl Canyon Campground.

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Discussion of Barstow Formation in Camp Site #28

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Barstow Formation opposite Camp Site #28

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Stromatolites in the Barstow Formation

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Peach Spring Tuff

Field discussion about Peach Spring Tuff in the Alvord Mountain area.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011, while standing on an outcrop believed to be Peach Spring Tuff.

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Pilot Knob

Pilot Knob seen from the "Grass Valley" route.

Pilot Knob is inside the China Lake Naval Weapons Station.

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  • Grass Valley Route - Central Mojave Desert: 12000.

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Pine Tree Canyon

Pine Tree Canyon at the locked gate.

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

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Los Angeles Aqueduct crosses Pine Tree Canyon

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

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Construction on a power line for a wind energy project

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

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Lower Pine Tree Canyon

Photograph taken April 17, 2008.

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Pliocene Gravels

View from the gravel ridge.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011.

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View of Goldstone Gravels along the gravel ridge.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011.

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Resistant limestone ledge on sand ridge.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011.

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View northeast across basin to Goldstone gravel ridge.

Photograph taken April 23, 2011.

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Rainbow Basin Campground

View of Rainbow Basin Campground in the Early Morning.

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Randsburg

Randsburg, Kern County, California

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Red Mountain

Red Mountain to the east of US Highway 395

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Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost from California Highway 14

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Solar Electric Generating Systems

Solar Electric Generating Systems

Located just north of Kramer Junction on US Hwy 395.

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Solar Electric Generating Systems

Located just north of Kramer Junction on US Hwy 395.

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Stoddard Valley

Intersection of Oxford and Gloucestor

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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  • Stoddard Valley Road or "Oxford Road," San Bernardino County, California: at unk rd 3.
  • Unknown Road ("Stoddard Road" or "Gloucestor"), San Bernardino County, California: at Stoddard Vy.
  • Field Notes: 24 Apr 2010.

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Tin Can Alley

View down Tin Can Alley.

Photograph taken 24 April 2010.

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Toomey Hills

Fluvial gravels at base of Barstow formation.

Photograph taken 23 April 2010.

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  • Power Line Road #2 (Middle), San Bernardino County, California: at M-5.
  • Field Notes: 24 Apr 2010.

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