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[Past Event] Earth, Fire and Water, Dr. Clifton | Zoom + Recorded

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Course Description:

May 6 – Assembling the Monterey Peninsula

The stunning beauty of the Monterey Peninsula captivates residents and visitors alike. But relatively few of those who admire its splendor are aware of the dramatic history behind it. The origins lie in the grinding interaction of immense plates of the earth’s crust, which produced a local kaleidoscope that includes long-vanished volcanos, submarine canyons and mountain ranges. Geologist Ed Clifton will guide us through the ancient worlds and forces that combined to create this magnificent landscape.

May 13 – Water: A Geologist’s Perspective

As a gas or solid, water abounds in our solar system, but liquid water, the base of life as we know it, may presently be confined to our planet. Its history here is fraught with mystery. Where did it come from? When and how did the first oceans form and how have they changed through time? In addition to probing these issues, we will examine geologic aspects of water resources today including the location of underground reservoirs, salt water intrusion and the permanent degradation of one of California’s most precious, but seldom recognized, natural resources: the porosity in which underground water resides.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, May 6, 13 *10:00 – 11:00am* (2 sessions)


Course will meet live via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to each class session. Courses will stream via Zoom and WILL be recorded for viewing later. A video link will be emailed to you within 3-5 days of each session.


H. Edward Clifton, Ph.D., is a geologist with strong ties to the ocean. After receiving his doctorate, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey where he served for 30 years.