LPL Fall Field Trip 2005: Baja California Norte

November 9-13, 2005

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A little burrowing owl listens to Curtis talk about geothermal power
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Oleg in front of Cerro Prieto, a volcano
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The steaming Cerro Prieto geothermal power plants
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Uno GRANDE cerveza, por favor
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Colin and Joe examine the climbing dunes
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Serina regales us with tales of dunes
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The caravan in front of the most (macroscopically) lifeless place I've ever seen - Laguna Salada
(which means Salt Playa, not Exit Playa, as I originally thought).
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Small-scale terrestrial cat scratches
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The perfect dune!
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John and Curtis of Arabia
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What a beautiful slip face
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More climbing dunes
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A brilliant end to our first day
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Chilling on the beachfront in San Felipe
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One of the perks of camping on the beach: Watching the sunrise while immersed in the warm waters of the Gulf of California
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Watching the tide roll away.
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It's a good thing for us we're imperturable...
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...especially when a car battery went dead the second morning.
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But the battery got fixed, and we made it to Lagua Diablo later that day. Here, Ingrid poses with evaporite deposits in front of the imposing Peninsular ranges of San Pedro Martir
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The group stops to inspect possible exposed dikes in the Penisular Ranges
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The wide-brimmed hat club
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What a beautiful country...
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Best campsite EVER!
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The Pacific rolls in at Laguna Figueroa
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Camping in the middle of the road... Hey, at least it's flat!
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Gwen points out some ripples
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Playing in the algal muck
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Mmmm.... pink...
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...and frothy.
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A beautiful lunch stop atop a marine terrace.
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My classmates admire the view.
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The cliff with volcanos in the background (note Celinda for reference)
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I wasn't the only one who thought it was a nice view!
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A tuff outcrop imbedded in a comglomerate. Some scientists think the comglomerate was put there by an impact triggered landslide during the K/T extinction.
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Oleg poses with two of the strangest plants I've ever seen: the enormous Cardon cactus (relative of the Saguaro) and the alien looking Cirio (Boojum) plant.
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The first years in the tuff.
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Dueling campfires
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Stopping for tacos in San Vicente. Unfortunately, Boca Burgers do not seem to have made their way into roadside taco stands, so I had a sandwich. Who need carne asada when you can have soy-based turkey!
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Or chocolate, for that matter. Mmm... el chocolate.
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The cliffs of the Rosario formation fall into the ocean.
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Trekking down to see some ammonites.
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Hurray! A real live dead fossil.
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Examining the cliffs for more relics from the Cretaceous.
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Abby tells us more about these now extinct critters.
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An artistic shot of Pete by the fire.
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A Mexican flag the size of Montana.
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Dirty vans on road/Trekking through Ensenada/We're on our way home