Session #5 Landforms

What geologic forces have shaped the San Francisco Bay and other landforms? How did they come to be as they are? In this session, we'll delve into the processes and events that have transformed California, and the evidence that helps us understand the landscape we see today.

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Additional Resources

  • Geography and plate boundary maps: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1515, The San Andreas fault; USGS Map Sales room, building 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park
  • NAGT Field Trip Guidebook: USGS Bulletin 2188, paper copies ($25) available from; electronic copies available from
  • Topographic maps (Davenport, Santa Cruz quadrangles): USGS Map Sales room, building 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park
  • San Francisco-San Jose quadrangle geologic map: California Geological Survey (formerly the Division of Mines and Geology) at .... comes packaged with a map of active faults.
  • Geologic Map of California: The map in your copy of California Geology is out-of-print, but for a much larger version (great for laminating and wall-mounting), plus many other cool maps, contact the California Geological Survey at
  • California 100 Million Years Ago: Courtesy Dave Scholl and other marine geologists at the USGS (not publically distributed).
  • Plate boundary QuickTime movie: then click Animations and follow download/registration instructions. Many other useful movies here, too.

updated March 4, 2002

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