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Dragon’s Back Ridge, Carrizo Plain

Coiled barbwire on Carrizo Plain I drove out to the Carrizo Plain National Monument after a few days of intermittent rain showers. It is a semi-arid grassland of several hundred thousand acres that remains today, for the most part, as … Continue reading

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The Carrizo Experience: Ten Hours on the Plain I

(First in a Series) Ruminants on the Range Toward the eastern end of the Carrizo Plain National Monument a wicked crack parts the flatland’s reddened earth. Looking across the plain from a distance the ditch is invisible, while within its … 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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Wallace Creek Offset at the San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain National Monument

“A great earthquake shook the mountains, ripping a deep gash through the rock formations. . .” -A Spanish traveler’s account of the great Fort Tejon earthquake of 1857 On January 9, 1857, the 7.9 magnitude Fort Tejon temblor rocked California … Continue reading

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