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March 02, 2010


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While you are sitting in London, interpreting the offshore geology of California... I am sitting in Portland, Maine, reading your fascinating post. I am just starting my studies in Geology and so am always looking online for more information than is given to us in school. I like reading geologist's actual experiences and thoughts. Though I have not heard the sound of your knees, I'll have to go and read your book now. Thanks you! :)

Excellent work done!!!These pictures gives very clear view..California's underwater terrain so well explored.I am not so interested in geology but after seeing all this i am looking forward to have more information about it...Moss Beach picture showing low tide quite innovatively..i like this post..and wait for more such information about such places..

The Half Moon Bay marine terrace formed when coastal erosion cut a broad bench during a Late Quaternary marine transgression. The flat, wave-cut surface of the marine terrace became exposed as sea level fell and the shoreline retreated seaward about 85,000 years ago.

Situated west of the San Andreas fault, this region is sliced by a number of related faults, all of which are active

According to Big Wave Surfer, Jeff Clark, it's the geology conditions of the ocean floor (along with strong winter swells) which contribute to the large wave that breaks just off the Pillar Point Bluff, known to the international surfing community as "Mavericks".

Thanks for the link! I read the New Scientist bu had missed this completely - fascinating!

Yes indeed, the BIG WAVE PROJECT was recently approved by the San Mateo Planning Commission, the San Mateo Board of Supervisors and the CA. Coastal Commission refused to hear an appeal, Soooo, here comes a HUGE facility proposed to both house Developmentally Disabled Adults as well as being marketed as a "Commercial Condominium" Office Park. Not only is it sitting on the Seal Cove scarp, but it is in the Tsunami Inundation Zone as well being less than a half mile from the Princeton Harbor. The Developer threatened to sue everyone if it wasn't pushed through, and they enlisted the Land Use Attorneys Buyers McCracken to help them win approval of their dangerous project.


Thanks for the update - but it's an update that's really depressing and infuriating!

Coastal developers seem to be in a class of their own as far as lobbying, influence and self-interest are concerned.

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