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ONLINE: The Shape of San Diego with Pat Abbot | Sierra Club San Diego

March 5 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Mount Soledad, Mission Bay, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Silver Strand, Kearney Mesa, and more combine to make San Diego unique. The varied coastline, former islands, the bays, mesas, hills, and mountains of San Diego all were created, and are maintained, by active geologic processes. San Diego was buried by a massive alluvial fan in Eocene time (56 to 34 million years ago), warped by regional tectonism, cut into and abandoned by rising and falling sea levels, distorted by active faulting, and healed by river and ocean waters depositing sediments. This pre-history of our region will be discussed in this talk.

The presenter will be Dr. Patrick L. Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Geology at SDSU. Pat’s Ph.D. studies at The University of Texas at Austin emphasized reading the history stored in sedimentary rocks and fossils. Some of his work is presented in the book and the video “The Rise and Fall of San Diego”. Another of his local books is the “Geology of Mission Trails Park” and its video “Rise of the Mountains”. Pat also is author of 11 editions of “Natural Disasters” for McGraw-Hill Publishers.


March 5
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Sierra Club San Diego