Exploring and Interpreting the Seismic Geology of ABDSP: A Natural Laboratory

Date: 
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:30am to 4:00pm

Instructor: Dr. Robert de Groot
 $60 / $50 for ABF members

Join us for an adventure half a billion years in the making and walk away with tools you can use for future adventures. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the surrounding region has seen it all: a primeval seabed, dramatic mountain building, continental breakup, volcanism and the formation of an inland "sea." Our field adventure will take us to stops illustrating key concepts and relationships in Earth science. Learn how to interpret the region using a few basic principles and you too will have the power to read the rocks.

During this field course, special attention will be devoted to the science of earthquakes and how Anza-Borrego is in the middle of all the action. Participants will learn about earthquake scenarios for Southern California, a "hot off the press" earthquake forecasting model, how to participate in earthquake citizen science efforts such as the Quake Catcher Network, and how to be ready for the next big earthquake through participation in the Great ShakeOut.

All participants will receive an interpreter’s tool kit complete with maps, a field guide, plate tectonics map, earthquake science and preparedness reference guides, and other resources which will be a resource for your future adventures at the Park and throughout California.

Meet: ABDSP Visitor Center

Hike Level: Light hiking; nothing too rigorous.

Bring: Whatever you need to be comfortable both in the classroom and in the field during a desert winter, lunch, water, etc.

Limited to 25 participants. Carpooling will be required.

About the Instructor: Robert de Groot is the Manager of the Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), an NSF+USGS Center headquartered at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He experienced his first earthquake in 1971 (San Fernando, M 6.6) and was lucky enough to be standing on the platform of the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) during the M 6.0 Parkfield earthquake in 2004. For SCEC he manages education programs in undergraduate research, K – 12 formal education and informal learning. He has twelve years of classroom experience as a science educator and has worked as an informal educator at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. de Groot holds an M.A. with an emphasis in chemistry and Earth science education from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Earth science education from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the SCEC Communication, Education and Outreach team since 1999.