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Rising Terraces and Flowing Waters: The Geology of La Mesa

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Meeting location will be sent with confirmation

The Geology of La Mesa, Santa Barbara

Geologist Susie Bartz will lead us from Leadbetter Beach west on the sand below the coastal cliffs toward the Santa Barbara Lighthouse. We'll consider the rising of the Mesa, coastal erosion, and the dynamics – natural and human-induced – that contribute to each.  We'll also observe how water forms features like dissolution caverns and wave-cut terraces, and learn how geology has influenced our town's history.  We will return along Shoreline Park to see ongoing cliff erosion from the top, ending with a beautiful winter sunset. An easy walk of about 3 miles round trip.