Field Journal Geography 5 Fatima Guardado May 6, 2011
April 2, 2011
Mojave Dessert/Southern Owens Valley
Including: Cinder Hill, Fossil Falls, Mormon Rocks
Field Trip One
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Solar Power Plant This large power plant is just north of Cramer Junction, it produces a lot of commercial solar energy.
Fatima Guardado Taken afternoon 4/2/2011 Doppler Radar Tower This image shows one of the Doppler Radar Towers along the highway 395. The towers are used to collect information from their surrounding to make weather predictions.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Joshua Tree Creosote Burroweed Grass This is an image of the native plants to the dessert, which are the Joshua tree (only grows in California’s dessert), the creosote bush, and the burroweed grass.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Los Angeles Aqueduct This is an image of the Los Angeles Aqueduct which you can see while driving on highway 395. It was interesting to know that this aqueduct affects and affected the places that we visited on our field trip.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Owens Dry Lake This is an image of the Owens Dry Lake, the lake has been dried up by the city of Los Angeles because they were in need of water. Now the dryness of the land is causing health problems to the people in the area, which is why they spend lots of money on sprinklers to help keep the sand down.
Cinder Hill Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Cinder Hill (Red Hill), a basaltic cinder cone in the Coso Volcanic field near Fossil Falls State Park. Activity in the Coso field dates from as recently as 500 years ago, which is why the there is obsidian and other minerals around the area.
Fatima Guradado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 lava flow This image displays the lava flow that hardened in the Coso volcanic field and gives us and idea of the direction it was going in at the time, near Cinder Hill.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Stream Bed This image shows the dried stream bed of Owens Lake that went through Fossil Falls. Two of the reasons it is dry now is due to the lava that flowed through the lake that diverted the water in a different direction. Also, in the early twentieth century the city of Los Angeles diverted the water from the lake into their aqueducts, which led to the end of the Owens Lake.
Fatima Guradado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Fossil Falls Fossil Falls is located in Inyo county and is visited by people for its unique geographical features. The volcanic activity in the mountain range and meltwater from glaciers near the Sierra Nevada were part of the creation of the falls.
Metate Holes Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 This images shows two Metate Holes that are another unique feature to Fossil Falls. They were created by the water when debris would hit the same area and would circulate agains the rock to create these smooth circular holes. The native people would use the holes to make their food in as well.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Obsidian Flakes In this image I have circled only three of the obsidian flakes, however, the ground is filled with these glistening flakes. The natives that lived in this area would make tools such as arrow heads from these flakes.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 Petroglyph This is an image of a Petroglyph that was created by a native many years ago. In the picture there is big horned sheep and a shaman (medicine man). This is the last in the area to stay preserved, but not sure for how long.
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/2/2011 House Ring This is an image of a house ring. The rock outlines the living space of the natives, where they would live during the winter.
Fatima Guardado Taken late Afternoon 4/2/2011 Mormon Rocks Mormon Rocks are located in the Cajon Pass, and were named after mormon settlers. Mormon Rocks are made up of little pieces of rock put together. The mountains tilted black fault.
Fatima Guardado Taken Late Afternoon 4/2/2011 Granular Structure In this image is the Granular Structure of the Mormon Rocks showing sandstone. Looking at it up close you can see the different rocks put together that make these huge rocks. When in person you can also feel how hard the texture of the rock is like “sand paper”. The different layers of the rock show the natural events it has undergone.
Fatima Guradado Taken Late Afternoon 4/2/2011 Stream Bed This is an image of the Stream Bed that use to be filled with water running through the cajon pass now its all dried up. The arrow shows the direction the water flowed in before.
Fatima Guardado Taken Late Afternoon 4/2/2011 San Andreas Rift Zone This image shows the San Andreas Rift Zone located at the Cajon Pass. It was created by the southern segment of San Andreas Fault.
Field Trip Two
April 15, 2011- April 17, 2011
Northern Owens Valley/Eastern Sierra
Including: Lone Pine, Mt. Whitney, Manzanar, Eastern California Museum, Mono Lake, Convict Lake, Hot Creek
Fatima Guardado Taken Early Afternoon 4/15/2011 Diaz Lake This is an image of Diaz Lake and I have highlighted an example of the sag pond in the photo. The pond was created after an earth quake because the land sank.
Fatima Guardado Taken Early Afternoon 4/15/2011 Lone Pine Fault The Lone Pine Fault is seen at the base of the hill it was caused by an earth quake.
Mt.Whitney Interagency Visitors Center
Fatima Guardado Taken Afternoon 4/15/2011 Mt.Whitney This arrow is pointing to Mt. Whitney. It has the highest elevation of 14,505 feet, they are in the sierra nevada mountain range.
Inyo-White Mountains Taken Afternoon 4/15/2011 Fatima Guardado The Inyo-White Mountains are the rain shadow of the sierras, in the sierra nevadas. They also have special vegetation due to their location.
Fatima Guardado Taken afternoon 4/15/2011 In this image you see an alluvial fan, which you see a lot of throughout the range. Alluvial Fan
Hot Creek Geologic Area
Fatima Guardado Taken late Afternoon 4/15/2011 Hot Creek This hot creek is heated by underground volcanic activity. Some water can be too hot to touch, however the water here was warm.
Fatima Guardado Taken Early Afternoon 4/16/2011 Islands Negit Island Paoha Island This is an image of the two islands in Mono Lake: Negit and Paoha Island. Paoha Island is a volcanic island and is younger then Negit island. Negit island is a volcanic cone and dark in color compared to Paoha island.
Fatima Guardado Taken early afternoon 4/16/2011 Former Shore Lines In this image are the former shore lines of mono lake the picture on the left shows the path way to the former shore line. It starts off with a cement pathway but eventually it gets down to wood boards, the reason for that is because they want to get the shore line back to its original place and that way they can easily remove the boards if needed to. The picture on the right is a close up picture that has the arrow pointing in the direction of where the shore line use to be
Taken early afternoon 4/16/2011 Fatima Guardado Tufa This image shows a picture of tufa’s, I have the largest one boxed. These tufa’s use to be underwater, which shows us how much of mono lakes water has been dissolving due to the environment as well as civilization .
Taken late afternoon 4/16/2011 Fatima Guardado Conviet Lake This is the beautiful Convict lake, it was given this name after a group of convicts were caught hiding out in the area and then hanged. Also, in the yellow box is the oldest rock formations in the Sierras. oldest rock formation
Fatima Guardado Taken Late Afternoon 4/16/2011 Lateral moraine Lateral moraine This image shows the Lateral moraine and the Terminal moraine in the mountain, which was carved out by a glacier pushing it outward thus creating the moraine’s.
Bench Mark Fatima Guardado Taken late afternoon 4/16/2011 This is the image of the Owens River bench mark, we went down a little trail to the water.
Fatima Guardado Taken late Afternoon 4/16/2011 This is an image of Owen River, with a shadow nest in the box. Shadow nest
Fatima Guradado Take late Afternoon 4/16/2011 This is an image of the Inyo mountains with bustlecones. You can also see the cows in the back groung.
Eastern California Museum
Fatima Guardado Taken early morning 4/17/2011 Everything inside the Eastern California Museum caught my eye from the housing and old cars outside the the artifacts from Manzanar to the Native object. However, this instrument in particular caught my eye because of the way it is made. Its spins like a record except it is made of a metal disk that has holes in it and underneath is has metal bars that when it passes through the holes it makes music. Although it does not have a volume adjuster I still enjoyed listening to its tune.
Fatima Guardado Taken early afternoon 4/17/2011 plaques The image on the left shows the main entrance plaque into Manzanar war relocation center and the image to the right shows part of the relocation center. The third image on the bottom left show what the first street of Manzanar use to look like.This is where American soldiers kept the Japanese people in part to protect them against other Americans, and also to protect America from possible terrorist attacks from any of them.