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June 13, 2009


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Very well written and informative. The Monterey canyon system is still a bit of a mystery, but better understanding of of the dynamic nature of the canyon helps throw light on forces involved on a geologic scale.

There are a handful of geologists who also point out that the Pajaro river is periodically blocked by uplift along the San Andreas fault. Lake San Benito forms behind the dam (it's last shoreline can still be picked out along Cienega road)and finally bursts through, scouring on a large scale. It is thought to have happened many times through the Pleistocene into the Holocene. I never see this sequence mentioned in MBARI papers.

Fascinating stuff.

Thanks - an interesting update!

Does someone know the origin of the name "Elkhorn" for the slough, the canyon, or the valley? I've tried, without success, to find that information.

George Woodward - Joseph and Charlotte Roadhouse in 1852 settled on the north side of Estero Grande, where the Packard Ranch is today. The Slough was call Roadhouse Slough during that era but he named it Elkhorn. Perhaps because there were tule elk in the valley and/or the shape of the slough resembles an elk antler.

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