Ancient Ocean Floor Revealed

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Black Smoker of Figueroa Mountain

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Enjoy a day of hiking in the high backcountry with Susie Bartz. From the base of Figueroa Mountain we’ll drive up to a wild place, where a wedge of ancient ocean crust lies exposed. At the trailhead we’ll enjoy spectacular views, then descend through thick chaparral to the remnant of a black smoker, formed originally at a mid-ocean ridge. How on earth did it get 4000 feet high, and what happened after its discovery? We’ll look for clues in nearby submarine lava “pillows” and contorted layers of chert.

About two miles round trip with an easy descent and a more strenuous steep return.

NOTE: Participants should be in good physical condition with good balance.

Participants should bring:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing - a jacket
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera


Image of Susie BartzSusie Bartz grew up in rural Pennsylvania playing in the wooded hills and rocky creeks outsider her house. After college and graduate school, she married and came to Santa Barbara in 1974. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, and holds a degree in geology from SBCC. In 2009, she completed a project publishing the maps of legendary geologist Tom Dibblee, who was her personal friend and mentor, and in whose memory she dedicates her walks. As a geology educator, Susie works with schools and community organizations to bring an awareness of earth science to the general public in outdoor settings. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and assorted cats, and has two married daughters and three darling grandsons.

Geology Walk Series

Register for all 3 and recieve a discount

Ancient Ocean Floor Revealed
Black Smoker of Figueroa Mountain
Saturday, 10/28

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Leadbetter to La Mesa
Saturday, 11/18

Geology of the Carpinteria Buffs
Saturday, 12/2

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