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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 17 August 2015

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.

Volcanic Tomb for a Granite Range.
We observe the slow reemergence of ancient hard granites as thousands of years of erosion scour the soft volcanic material off the buried granite landscapes underneath.

Recent Discoveries.
A short set of links to a series of articles explaining the recent evolution of our understanding of the complex geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.



February 22, 2017

Scientists spy 8th continent, Zealandia,
EarthSky, February 22, 2017.


February 3, 2017

Sierra Nevada mountain feature would be named ‘Sky Point’ under House bill,
McClatchy, January 30, 2017. 


Why? Why?
This is Why:
(And Just Brilliant...)
Earth's orbital variations and sea ice synch glacial periods,
BROWN UNIVERSITY, January 26, 2017.

Also see below, Why?


Earthquakes close beloved California ghost town of Bodie,
Mercury News, December 29, 2016.


A fertilizer dearth foiled animal evolution for eons?


December 20, 2016

Geo-Material Science 
This may help explain Emigrant Wilderness’ amazing rock staining 
Coffee-ring phenomenon explained in new theory,
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO, December 20, 2016.

Emigrant Wilderness Granite Staining: Trail Guide


Satellites help discover a jet stream in the Earth's core,
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, December 19, 2016.

'Tiny earthquakes' help scientists predict mountain rock falls,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, December 19, 2016.


December 6, 2016

Seismically active Katmandu region in store for larger earthquake,

“much more powerful and damaging than last year's 7.8”
Holy Cow!

November 7, 2016 

 Thawing ice makes the Alps grow,
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre, November 10, 2016.

November 7, 2016 

Popcorn-rocks solve the mystery of the magma chambers,
Uppsala University, November 2, 2016.

November 1, 2016

Enormous dome in central Andes driven by huge magma body beneath it,
University of California - Santa Cruz, October 25, 2016.


Some Los Angeles earthquakes possibly triggered by oil production in early 20th 
, Seismological Society of America, October 31, 2016.

Now we are pumping crap in, rather than out...
See, corruption allows toxics injected



Why does our planet experience an ice age every 100,000 years?
Cardiff University, October 26, 2016.


The most dangerous fault in America,
Earth, May, , 2016.
I live a couple of blocks from the stadium in the images.

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says,
LAT, May 4, 2016.


Down to Earth With: Yosemite's first park geologist Greg Stock,
Earth, 2-9-16.


Dinosaurs 'already in decline' before asteroid apocalypse,
University of Bristol, April 18, 2016.


GPS tracking down to the centimeter,
University of California – Riverside, 2-10-16.

Double dose of bad earthquake news (for LA),
University of California – Riverside, 2-8-16.


Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet,
UCLA, 1-28-16.


Massive natural gas leak in Southern California may take months to plug,
December 2nd, Ars Technica.


Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Rises Rapidly,
5-3-12, Live Science.


Wastewater injection rate strongest trigger for induced quakes,
AAAS, June 18, 2015.


Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California,
AGU, May 29, 2015.

Two Faults Could Make One Big Earthquake,
KQED, May 28, 2015.


Growing mystery—getting to the bottom of the highest peak in the Lower 48,
Ars Technica, May, 7, 2015.


Sensing How Much the Earth Moved in Nepal,
NASA, May 14, 2015.


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