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Summertime Soda Lake

The steep grassy hills of the Temblor Range form the Carrizo Plain’s northeastern edge, while the Caliente Range runs the length of its southwestern flank. The opposing mountains shed seasonal rain onto the flatland, which seeps toward the lowest portion … Continue reading

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Soda Lake Reflections, Carrizo Plain National Monument

After a perfect cloudless day that looked as if it was manufactured to precise specifications in a laboratory, I woke the next day with eager anticipation and headed to the Carrizo Plain. Unfortunately it was overcast, but otherwise a pleasant … Continue reading

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Carrizo Plain Wildflowers: Temblor Range, San Luis Obispo County

The Carrizo Plain was officially designated a National Monument a decade ago today on January 17, 2001. Vast. Silence. Perhaps no two words more aptly describe the Carrizo Plain. As I stopped the engine and stepped from my truck I … Continue reading

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Dragon’s Back Ridge on the San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain National Monument

Dragon’s Back Ridge is the result of the tremendous pressure along the San Andreas Fault that runs through the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The ridge is located southeast of the Wallace Creek offset and contains its own offset drainage channels. … Continue reading

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