Paleocene submarine-canyon fill, Point Lobos, California
Published:January 01, 1987
Point Lobos, a prominent headland at the southern side of Carmel Bay on the central California coast (Fig.1), is the site of a popular state reserve. Entrance to this reserve is from California 1, about 4 mi(6.4 km) south of the village of Carmel and 2.5 mi(4 km) southwest of the intersection of California 1 and Carmel Valley Road (County Road G16). Within the reserve, paved roads and well-maintained foot trails provide excellent access to many of the more prominent exposures (Fig.1). Outcrops not served by foot trails are off-limits to the public; however, the geologically important exposuresdescribed herein are readily accessible. Point LobosState Reserve is beautifully maintained in a pristine condition by its staff, and the rules are strictly enforced. Most important, froma geologic standpoint, are strictures against collecting or disturbing any natural object within the reserve, so geological hammers are best left in vehicles. The rocks of the reserve are a striking esthetic resource and a mecca for amateur and professional photographers—they are not to be defaced. The reserve opens in the morning (typically at 9:00) and closes before sundown. A nominal entrance fee is charged to visitors.
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Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America
One of six volumes generated by each GSA section for the Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) project, this Centennial Field Guide contains descriptions of 100 sites or site clusters representing outstanding geologic locations in Alaska, southern Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.