Geology Department News

Updated whenever news breaks!

  • On Tuesday morning February 2, Joe Hopkins from the Anza Borrego State Park telephoned BLM Palm Springs Field Office Archaeologist George Kline to report an archaeological discovery. On the previous Saturday, Jonathon Cooper, Technical Director In Geology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, informed the folks at the Salton Sea Recreation Area of an incidental find that he happened across while exploring the Mecca Hills area along the San Andreas Fault. He reported an intact ceramic pot and an accompaniment of pot shards in a small cave. They, in turn, relayed the information to the Anza Borrego State Park archaeologists -- along with GPS coordinates.

    Mr. Hopkins realized that the coordinates were on public lands managed by the BLM Palm Springs – South Coast Field Office, so he referred the information to the BLM. Mr. Kline quickly assembled a small response team and notified the Torrez-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Resources Manager, Matthew Krystall of the situation.

    (Note - This happened while Jonathon was on the Structure Class field trip to Painted Canyon near the Salton Sea in California.)

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  • In February 2012, Assistant Professor of Geology Sarah Titus received a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a five-year research project on oceanic fault lines. The $418,891 grant will enable Titus to undertake field work at three unique locations where oceanic “transform faults” are exposed above sea level: New Caledonia (in the south Pacific), Cyprus, and Iceland. This field work will feed into an elaborate and groundbreaking effort to quantitatively model the faults.

  • To recognize exceptional work, the Geological Society of America awarded Benjamin Parks ’11, 1st place for his outstanding poster presentation. A panel of judges was very impressed with the scientific aspects of his work, as well as the polished poster presentation that he gave. Congratulations Ben!