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Drake's Bay

(Encyclopedia) Drake's Bay, inlet of the Pacific Ocean, formed by the San Andreas fault, W Calif., NW of San Francisco. Point Reyes forms its outer arm. The bay was visited by Sir Francis Drake…

San Andreas fault

(Encyclopedia) San Andreas fault, great fracture (see fault) of the earth's crust in California. It is the principal fault of an intricate network of faults extending more than 600 mi (965 km)…

Point Reyes National Seashore

(Encyclopedia) Point Reyes National Seashore r´s, 71,068 acres (28,772 hectares), W Calif.; est. 1962. Included in the area are steep bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, lagoons, and esteros…

Parkfield

(Encyclopedia) Parkfield, uninc. town (2000 pop. 37), Monterey co., Calif., among rolling hills in the Coast Ranges. A mining center for mercury and coal in the early 1900s, when the town had 900…

Wilson, J. Tuzo

(Encyclopedia) Wilson, J. Tuzo (John Tuzo Wilson), 1908–93, Canadian geologist and geophysicist, b. Ottawa, Ph.D. Princeton (1936), M.A. Cambridge (1940). He worked for the Geological Survey of…

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Among the worst natural disasters in U.S. history by Chris Frantz San Francisco, California, April 1906 Related Links Almanac: San Francisco San Francisco Census Facts: 1906 Versus…

fault

(Encyclopedia) fault, in geology, fracture in the earth's crust in which the rock on one side of the fracture has measurable movement in relation to the rock on the other side. Faults on other…

Fun Facts About Skyscrapers

From the father of the skyscraper to a building with a view by Karen Barss The Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France The Empire State Building, in New York City The Sears Tower, in…

Miocene epoch

(Encyclopedia) Miocene epoch m´sn, fourth epoch of the Tertiary period in the Cenozoic era of geologic time (see Geologic Timescale, table), lasting from around 24.6 to 5.1 million years ago.…

Origin of Life: Early Earth Environment

Early Earth EnvironmentOrigin of LifeIntroductionSpontaneous GenerationEarly Earth Environment So if Pasteur is correct and life only comes from existing life, where and how did life begin? Many…