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Año Nuevo State Park

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An elephant seal naps on Cove Beach.

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Wave-worn gravel on Cove Beach. The large limestone concretion in this image is riddled with holes from boring clams.
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View looking east from Cove Beach towards sea cliffs in the Purisima Formation (to the left). In the distance is a cut along Highway 1 where massive cliffs of Santa Cruz Mudstone are exposed.
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Quaternary-age alluvium filled an old valley. These deposits are now exposed in sea cliffs along Cove Beach.
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View from visitor center picnic area looking west toward Aņo Nuevo Point (and Aņo Nuevo Island).
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Sandstone sea cliff at the west end of Cove Beach displays both tafoni-style weathering (giving it a pitted appearance) and an uneven coating of white bird guano.
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The "Pond" along the Aņo Nuevo Point Trail with Chalk Mountain (east of Highway 1) in the distance.
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Sea arches in steeply dipping marine sedimentary rocks of the Monterey Formation (Miocene) are visible along the Aņo Nuevo Point Trail.
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View looking east along the sea cliffs in Aņo Nuevo Bay with the high hills near Waddell Creek in the distance (east of Highway 1).
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Coastal sand dunes at Aņo Nuevo Point with Aņo Nuevo Island in the distance.
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Elephant seals resting on the warm beach sand near Aņo Nuevo Point.
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Male elephant seals spar for superiority amongst heaps of seaweed at Aņo Nuevo Point.
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View looking east across the coastal meadowlands towards massive cliffs of Santa Cruz Mudstone exposed along the steep Highway 1 cut just north of Waddell Creek (on the opposite side of Aņo Nuevo Bay).
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Another view of the coastal dunes with Aņo Nuevo Island (with its abandoned buildings) in the distance. Elephant seals now inhabit the vacant buildings.
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A zoomed-in view looking east along the sea cliffs of Aņo Nuevo Bay from along the Aņo Nuevo Point Trail.
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Another zoomed-in view looking east along the sea cliffs of Aņo Nuevo Bay from along the Aņo Nuevo Point Trail.
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Elephant seals at Aņo Nuevo Point.
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