Beginning with San Francisco, GeoJourney spent the a week learning about the environments, geology, and cultures of California. Making several academic stops around San Francisco, students took part in their second geo-hazard project on earthquakes. Along with a geo-hazard project, GeoJourney also payed visit to Muir Woods, a grove of coastal redwood trees, and learned about coastal geology and ecology at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Following San Francisco, we spend several days in Yosemite National Park. With stunning vistas surrounding us, students learned about the geology and glaciation that carved into the granite that makes up the Sierra Batholith. Over the past several days we have made our way east, through the Sierras and into the Owens Valley and Mono Lake where water issues have been discussed in regards to usage by cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. As we move further into the desert, we will look furthermore into the importance of this resource.