This semester the University of Arizona Planetary Geology field trip went to Baja California, stopping at sites on the east (Sea of Cortez) and west (Pacific) coasts to view shoreline processes, and also at a site in the interior which may show landslides triggered by the KT impact.
Web sites from other participants are at:
Curtis Cooper (link no longer working)
Zibi Turtle: (links no longer working)
Catherine Neish (link no longer working)
Here are some of my pictures from the trip.
Click on any image for a full size version.
Route map and campsites.
Note: The highways are right but some details on local street routes
are probably inaccurate.
David Choi: mudpots, fumaroles, and geysers.
The geothermal power plant at Cerror Prieto.
A stop at the climbing dunes.
Serina Diniega: the climbing dunes.
Sand ripples behind a rock.
Another view of the ripples and the rock.
Sunset the first evening, driving towards San Felipe.
Eric Palmer and Joe Spitale work on a very dead vehicle battery,
while Zibi and Jason worry.
Eric Palmer: evaporites at Laguna Diablo.
A dust devil on the playa.
Near shore marshes.
John Keller collects a sample of the algal mats.
A closer look at the algal mat.
An even closer look.
A different type of algal mat.
And a closeup of it. Note the different color algal layers.
Jade Bond: coastal spits & bars.
Conglomerate layers in the terraces.
Chris Okuba: marine terraces
Abramov: sedimentary deposition
On the dirt road from San Tomas to Punta San Jose we ran into a few dozen motorcycles on a practice run for next week's Baja 1000 race, and pulled over to let them go by.
The vehicles in the background are at our future campsite.
The beach at relatively low tide.
Maki Hattori points out an ammonite.
An (unfortunately out-of-focus) ammonite.
A shark's head on the beach (at Eric's request).
Sunset at Punta San Jose
The campsite at Punta San Jose
The lighthouse at Punta San Jose
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