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BGS Goes to the Beach

Hello guys and gals,

The Bruin Geological Survey will be taking a trip to the field this upcoming Saturday January 23rd. Let's head to the beach!

This is not going to be a day of sunbathing, but a day to explore another aspect of the Transverse Range micro-plate rotation. Along the coast of Laguna Beach and Dana Point, there are wonderful outcrops of the San Onofre breccia, which contains the ever gorgeous Catalina schist. These are both remnants of the Farallon plate subduction zone, components of which were pulled ou from beneath the North American plate during rotation. We will explore how these formations are related to the Santa Monica Mountains, and further understand the geological evolution of southern California.

We will get to see lots of neat rocks and formations that you wouldn't see in the Santa Monica Mountains. And you get to see it all with your toes in the sand! Winter is the best time to visit these beach front outcrops, as much of the sand has been washed offshore by the large waves.

Leave UCLA @ 7:30-8 a.m. Saturday morning    
~ 1 hr. drive to LagunaBeach

First stop: Cameo Cove, Laguna Beach
Second stop: Mussel Cove, Dana Point
Third stop: Dana Point Marina

Return to UCLA @ 3 - 3:30 p.m.
     ~ 1.5 hr. drive back to UCLA from Dana Point

What you will want to bring:
- Lunch
- Water
- Comfortable shoes, sandals (NO flip-flops), water shoes
- Hat
- Rain coat (if in forecast)

Please RSVP as soon as possible to If you need a ride, please indicate that in your email. We need as many drivers as we can get! Our ability to provide you with a ride will depend on how many participants are willing to drive.

Don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions, or need more information.
See you in the field!

Later Event: February 13
Death Valley Overnight Trip