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"Geology Cafe" is a natural resource website focused on the origin of rocks and geologic processes changing our western landscapes. Content focus is on National and California science education standards, but includes topical and regional discussions, maps, and photography supplemented with information about other regions. Watch our website evolve with our changing world!


Google Maps
"Every Rock Has A Story"
Rocks Illustrate

Geology Fieldtrips
on the Central California Coast

The Central Coast is a geologic wonderland!
Check out these hiking and driving guides to observe traces of the major California earthquake faults, rocks, and landscape features San Benito, Santa Clara, Monterey Counties, the Bay Area and beyond...

Introduction to Geology

(Introductory college-level course notes)


Chapter 1: Introduction to Geology
Chapter 2: Basic Geologic Principles
Chapter 3: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 4: Earthquakes & Landscapes
Chapter 5: Igneous Rocks & Volcanic Activity
Chapter 6: Weathering and Erosion
Chapter 7: Sedimentary Rocks and Processes
Chapter 8: Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
Chapter 9: Rivers, Streams, and Groundwater
Chapter 10: Glaciers and Glaciation
Chapter 11: Deserts
Chapter 12: Ocean and Shoreline Processes
Chapter 13: Earth History

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Geologic maps of the San Francisco Bay and New York City regions
New York City vs. San Francisco Bay
How do the regions compare?
last revised: 10/10/2014