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September 3, 2002
Imagine my surprise to learn that my research specialty has died. In reflecting on the passing of geologist J. David Love (obituary, Aug. 28), it was announced that he "was one of the last great field researchers in a profession that has been largely given over to laboratory geoscientists." According to former Wyoming legislator Tom Stroock: "We are never going to see a field geologist like Dave again. They just don't train them like that. Dave's specialty was out in the field, walking the fault lines, walking the escarpments and touching the rocks."
February 26, 2014 | Rosanna Xia, Rong-Gong Lin II and Doug Smith
The developer of  a planned apartment complex   near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street has hired geologists to dig underground to search whether an earthquake fault intersects the property.  A trench study, considered by experts as the gold standard for fault-finding, is now underway at a site just east of the controversial Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project.  A  draft map released  last month by the California Geological Survey...
January 13, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
The unveiling of a mural depicting the Miocene Epoch and the display of a geologic map of the Valley and surrounding areas will be part of an open house at Cal State Northridge sponsored by the geological sciences department Saturday. Artist John Iwerks and CSUN geological sciences professors collaborated on the mural project to create a panorama of what the Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains would have looked like 15 million years ago during the Middle Miocene Epoch.
February 12, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
It gives a whole new meaning to the question, “Dude, where's my car?”: Eight rare Corvettes were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday. It was news that hit the Corvette community like a quarter-mile run in a 1967 stroked-and-bored 427-cubic-inch Vette with four-speed and posi rear end. As wrote : “Butch Hume, president of Louisville's Falls City Corvette Club, cringed when he heard which cars were involved.
July 19, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
A high-tech geological instrument worth $70,000 has been donated to Irvine Valley College, making it one of the few community colleges in the state to have such a sophisticated machine. The powder X-ray defractor, which identifies minerals by analyzing their internal atomic structures, was given to the college by Vetter Research of Costa Mesa.
March 17, 1994 | JILL LEOVY
On the theory that delving into facts instead of feelings will help them cope with the trauma of the Northridge earthquake, students at Chatsworth Park School are attending geology workshops instead of counseling sessions this week.
February 7, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY
With all the concrete that has been poured in the Los Angeles Basin, it's easy to overlook the powerful geological forces that are constantly at work, says Sue Hayden, a science instructor at El Camino Real Continuation High School in Placentia. It's easy, that is, until the next earthquake, landslide, flood or other natural disaster. Hayden spent 1,500 hours developing a course on geology of the basin.
The titanic energy of the magnitude 6.6 Northridge quake was reflected like sunlight through a prism of hidden rocks and soft sediments to violently shake some areas far from its epicenter in the San Fernando Valley, while leaving closer neighborhoods unscathed, scientists said.
A geological team headed into the desert Tuesday to search for the source of the disastrous earthquake that struck here, raising fears that an inactive fault could have lurched into life near the Mideast's largest city and the ancient monuments of the pharaohs. Three aftershocks of up to 4.1 magnitude shook the city in the wake of Monday's 5.9 temblor, which left more than 400 dead and at least 3,369 injured.
The famous geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park were created by the impact of a gigantic meteor that struck the Oregon-Nevada border 17 million years ago, Montana researchers said last week. The impact was so huge that it allowed molten rock from the Earth's core to flow to the surface, creating a 2-million-year period of intense volcanism that filled the impact crater with lava, geologist Donald W. Hyndman said at a meeting of the Geological Society of America in Tucson.
February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
It took 20 million years of wind and water erosion to form an eye-catching, mushroom-shaped boulder in a Utah state park. Heaving the stone off its perch took a man just 10 seconds, and the action sparked international disgust. A pair of former Boy Scout leaders who said they destroyed the rock formation to protect people from being crushed by it were charged with felony mischief this week, Utah state parks officials announced. In October, David Benjamin Hall, 42, taped Glenn Tuck Taylor, 45, pushing the stone to the ground.
January 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced an ambitious plan to tackle earthquake safety, including a new effort to strengthen vulnerable buildings. Marking the 20th anniversary of the destructive Northridge earthquake, Garcetti said Los Angeles would for the first time partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to better protect private buildings as well as telecommunications and water supplies during a major temblor. The move comes as the City Council is considering several seismic safety initiatives, including creating inventories of potentially dangerous concrete and wooden apartment buildings.
June 29, 2013
I highly recommend the all-day Discover Yosemite tour. It picked us up at Tenaya Lodge, where we were staying, at 8:30 a.m. and took us to all the major lookouts on what turned out to be a picture-perfect day. The driver-guide was very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the region. We returned to the lodge at 5 p.m. The price was $118 for adults (age 16 and older) and included a box lunch that we ate near Yosemite Falls. It was wonderful to have someone else do the driving (and parking)
August 5, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
In the spring of 1869, a geology professor who had lost an arm to a musket ball at the Battle of Shiloh led a tortuous journey down a canyon that had been etched into stone, a mile deep, by the unremitting force of the Colorado River. There, in what would become known as the Grand Canyon, John Wesley Powell found a diary of the Earth's adolescence - layer upon layer of varied, exposed rock spanning 2 billion years. If there were a Bible of geology, Powell wrote, this would be the Book of Revelation.
March 21, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
The smallest planet in the solar system keeps serving up big surprises. Scientists working on the Messenger mission to Mercury have found that the planet has unexpected inner layers and craters with tilted bottoms, and it may have been geologically active far later into its life than previously imagined. In the first of two studies released Wednesday by the journal Science, a team led by MIT geophysicist Maria Zuber scanned the surface of Mercury's northern hemisphere and found the planet's surface to be unusually flat when compared with the terrain of the moon or Mars.
February 26, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
After being brought back from the brink of extinction, sea otters are again in peril, with an unprecedented number of deaths along the California coast in the last year. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that 335 dead, sick or injured otters were found in 2011, a record high. "We're starting to see a perplexing trend suggesting increased shark attacks on sea otters," said Tim Tinker of the USGS' Western Ecological Research Center. Shark bites accounted for 15% of otter deaths in the late 1990s, but that percentage nearly doubled in 2010 and 2011, Tinker said.
Evidence from parts of Russia that recently opened to Western research indicates that volcanoes may have burped up more than 2 million square miles of Asia within the last 650 million years, challenging theories that the continental crust was created much earlier in Earth's history.
December 9, 1988 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
The devastating earthquake that hit the Soviet Union on Wednesday struck in an extremely complex geological region that in many ways resembles much of the Los Angeles Basin, according to scientists familiar with the area. The driving force in both places is the convergence of two giant tectonic plates--the massive slabs of the Earth's crust that support the continents and the oceans.
January 29, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Rough-Hewn Land A Geologic Journey From California to the Rocky Mountains Keith Heyer Meldahl University of California Press: 297 pp., $34.95 Think of the West and what comes to mind are vertiginous peaks, sculpted tablelands and the infinite vistas of basin and range country. In other words, geology. Westerners live in the shadow of mountains that are still rising, on the edge of a continent on the move, over fault systems that can unleash the power of nuclear bombs.
January 6, 2012
More proof that Indonesia is one of the most volcanically active places on the great Pacific Ring of Fire came in October 2010, when 9,560-foot Mt. Merapi, visible from the temple of Borobudur, erupted, killing 343 people and displacing an estimated 90,000. The road leading to the mountain was closed, but visitors can still see evidence of continuing volcanism on the island of Java by making a trip the Dieng Plateau. The area, about 75 miles northwest of the city of Yogyakarta, is the wide caldera of an extinct volcano, now covered by potato fields, villages - each with its own candy-colored mosque - and the island's oldest Hindu temples.
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