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Southern California Geology

Southern California Geology

Southern California's geologic setting and geologic history are as dynamic as the more than 20 million people that inhabit its landscape. The region has been shaped by restless earth forces that not only have created the mountains, valleys, deserts, and coastal lowlands we call home, but have created diverse geologic materials and geologic structures that form the landscape's foundation. These geologic elements include endless varieties of rocks, geologic structures (faults and folds), and surficial geologic materials.

SCAMP and other Federal, State, and academic geoscience projects are working together to describe these geologic elements, to understand their geologic history, and to determine their influence on the lives of southern Californians.

This site includes both general and technical resources and links to southern California geology information.

Geologic Basics - Links to introductory concepts and terminology

Geologic Setting and Geologic History - General information about southern California's major geologic provinces and geologic structures

Geology and Southern Californians - How does geology influence our lives?

Selected References for Southern California Geology


Southern California geologic provinces Transverse Ranges Colorado Desert/Sonoran Desert Southern California Borderland Peninsular Ranges Transverse Ranges Mojave Desert Eastern Tranverse Ranges Salton Trough

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