Mojave Desert Geology
The study of the history of the physical development of the structure, content and life of the earth
by application of the natural sciences to the physical formations found inside and on the surface
of the earth.
Natural Features & Formations
Geologically, a formation is a natural body of earth, such as an outcrop or deposit with distinctive and characteristic properties allowing ...
Introduction to Desert Geology
Since the Precambrian Era, the Mojave Desert has experienced many different phases over almost incomprehensible ...
How rocks are classified ...
Rocks, Minerals, Crystals & Ores
A tour of a few ore houses ...
Land Formation & Erosion
Discussions of landform development applicable to the desert in general as well as the Mojave National Preserve. ...
Natural Mojave River
Map and photo model of the Mojave River and lake system as it appears (and may have appeared) in prehistoric times before the arrival of man.
Desert Water Sources
Rivers, creeks, springs & waterholes
East Mojave Desert
Death Valley Regional Geology
Regional geology field trip guide. ...
Death Valley Geology Features
The landscape is so varied and extreme, one cannot help to wonder what events have taken place to create such an ...
Golden Canyon Geology
Death Valley's Golden Canyon preserves geologic stories steeped in change. Like pages in a book, its rocks tell tales of ancient times when a ...
Rising almost halfway up the steep mountain front of the Panamints are great aprons of rocky debris that spread out toward ...
Walk Through Time
The sample rocks in this tour are only "some" of the major geologic formations in the Death Valley area. Displayed in order from oldest to youngest, they show evidence of the ...
Joshua Tree National Park:
Geology of Joshua Tree NP
Arch Rock Geology
Geologists study the origin, history, and structure of the Earth and have been coming to this area for a long time wondering about these ...
Rockpiles & Intrusions
Geologists believe the face of our modern landscape was born more than 100 million years ago. Molten liquid, heated by the continuous movement of the ...
Geology Tour Road
The face of the earth at any time represents only a fleeting moment in a very long history. Major changes are going on all around ...
For the last three to four million years the whole basin has been tilting westward and sinking while ...
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Las Vegas, NV.
For much of the past 600 million years, the land that is now Red Rock Canyon NCA was the bottom of a deep ocean basin and the ...
Red Rock Canyon, California State Park
Layers of red and white sediments, creating the accordion-like folds in the cliff faces, are capped with a harder, more resistant ...
Compressed, folded and tilted as much as 50 degrees, and up to nearly 150 feet high, erosion gradually ...
Yosemite is a glaciated landscape, and the scenery that resulted from the interaction of the glaciers and the underlying rocks was ...
Geology of the Grand Canyon
The exposed geologic strata - layer upon layer from the basement Vishnu schist to the capping Kaibab limestone - rise over a mile above ...
Zion National Park Geology
The rock layers have been uplifted, tilted, and eroded, forming a feature called the Grand Staircase, a series of colorful ...
Spreading two miles wide and five miles long the totality of the event lasted ...
A 60 foot tall granite monolith on the southern end of the Ord Mountains in the ...
California's geomorphic provinces are naturally defined geologic regions that ...
Earthquakes & Faults
San Andreas Fault
Summary of the earthquake fault shaping the southern boundary of the Mojave Desert.
The Garlock Fault is the defining fault between the Mojave Desert and
Information on volcanic fields from Mono Lake south to Lavic Lake in the Mojave Desert.
The scientific study of prehistoric plants and animals in their geologic context.
Alluvial material in dry wash
Dry Lake - Playa
Geology of Sand Dunes