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"Geology Cafe" is a natural resource website focused on the origin of rocks and geologic processes changing our American landscapes. Content focus is on introductory college level courses on geology and oceanography. Topical discussions, maps, and photography focus mostly about California geology, but also includes information about other regions. Watch our website evolve with our changing world!
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Introduction to OceanographyMiraCosta College

Contents (course notes)
Chapter 1: Introduction to Oceanography
Chapter 2: Evolution of Life Through Time
Chapter 3: Structure of Earth & Plate Tectonics
Chapter 4: Ocean Basins
Chapter 5: Marine Sediments
Chapter 6: Properties of Seawater
Chapter 7: Atmospheric Circulation
Chapter 8: Ocean Circulation
Chapter 9: Waves & Currents
Chapter 10: Tides
Chapter 11: Coasts
Chapter 12: Marine Environments
Chapter 13: Primary Production
Chapter 14: Pelagic Marine Communites
Chapter 15: Benthic Marine Communities
MiraCosta College, Fall 2015 course schedule Mira Costa College link

Introduction to Geology

Contents (course notes)
Chapter 1: Introduction to Geology
Chapter 2: Basic Geologic Principles
Chapter 3: Minerals and Gems
Chapter 4: Understanding Maps
Chapter 5: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 6: Earthquakes & Landscapes
Chapter 7: Igneous Rocks & Volcanic Activity
Chapter 8: Weathering and Erosion
Chapter 9: Sedimentary Rocks and Processes
Chapter 10: Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
Chapter 11: Rivers, Streams, and Groundwater
Chapter 12: Glaciers and Glaciation
Chapter 13: Deserts
Chapter 14: Ocean and Shoreline Processes
Chapter 15: Earth History


Geology of Gems (course notes)

Geology Fieldtrips
on the Central California Coast

"Every Rock Has A Story"

Rocks Illustrate

Rock Cycle Illustrated

Geologic maps of the San Francisco Bay and New York City regions
New York City vs. San Francisco Bay
How do the regions compare?


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