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March 2018,

We had a great turnout for our February meeting. I was really amazed at the student participation. Of additional note, I was glad to see a high student attendance at the One Stop Wonder at the in-active fault in Oceanside. For those who could not attend (as only a last minute notice could be announced, due to active rough grading), there was a lot of discussion regarding the fault, manganese precipitation by microbial processes, and good conversations. Let us continue great conversations at our next meeting or event! This month we shall enjoy BBQ from one of San Diego's famous pits Phil's BBQ and hear from Pat Abbott as he discusses sturzstoms!

Don't forget to visit our announcement section for upcoming events!


Chris Livesey -
SDAG President

AEG/SDGI Joint Meeting - Oroville Spillways - Geology and Why it Matters - Holly Nichols, PG, CEG, California Department of Water Resources.

San Diego Geo-Institute and Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists are hosting a joint-meeting on March 13th, 2018, Tuesday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The technical presentation topic is Oroville Spillways - Geology and Why it Matters, delivered by Holly J. Nichols, PG, CEG, of California Department of Water Resources. The meeting will be held at Kings INN (1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego CA 92108). We look forward to seeing you there!
Registration Link :
For registration questions, contact: Mahdi Khalizad ( or Congpu Yao (

GIT/PG/CEG/CHG/PGP Application, Regulations and Responsibilities, Workshop with Laurie Racca, PG

San Diego Association of Geologists welcomes you to join us for a Workshop on the GIT/PG/CEG/CHG/PGP License Application with Laurie Racca PG, from the California State Board. Laurie will also have a discussion related to her talk from last year's March SDAG meeting on Understanding the Licensure Laws and the Responsibilities of the Licensee. The talk will be held on Wednesday March 14th at San Diego State University. The talk is Wednesday 3-14-18 and begins at 6pm and goes until about 830pm. Location is at San Diego State University at Physics Room 148. Laurie will be traveling all the way from Sacramento, so don't miss this opportunity to learn about the application process and the implications and responsibilities of professional licensure. Please confirm your attendance by replying to . Those of you who reply will go on a list of people to keep updated with the meeting location once it's decided. This flier will also be posted on the SDAG website. More detailed explanation of the workshop is below:

Workshop on the GIT/PG/CEG/CHG/PGP License Application: The next application deadline for the Professional Geologist and Professional Geophysicist practice authority licenses, the Certified Hydrogeologist and Certified Engineering Geologist title authority licenses, and the Geologist in Training certificate is May 7, 2018 for those wishing to take the exams in the fall of 2018. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the application process, and find out what it takes to ensure that the Board's review of your application goes smoothly. The workshop will cover:
- About the Board
- Understanding the Terminology
- Completing the Application for the GIT, PG, CEG, CHG and PGP
- Important Information for References- National ASBOG Exams and California State Exams
- Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibilities of a Licensed Professional

Understanding the Licensure Laws and the Responsibilities of the Licensee:
The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is charged with safeguarding the life, health, property, and public welfare by regulating the practices of professional engineering, land surveying, geology, and geophysics. Knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern licensed professionals in California is essential to ensuring that critical work is done by qualified professionals.

BSPELG is inviting you to have an informal "round table discussion" focused on the recent changes to the licensing laws and regulations (2017 update), a review of key concepts regarding professional licensure, and the importance of mentoring young professionals. Some of the topics that we will cover include: promoting understanding of the difference between a practice licensing act (such as the PG license) and a title licensing act (such as the CEG of CHG specialty licenses), keeping our licensing tests current with the state of practice by the different licensees, and keeping our procedures and statutory obligations current too. It is our belief that we need more frequent feed-back from stakeholders about these issues as well as greater participation by our licensees for activities pursued by the Board that impact our respective futures.

Laurie Racca, PG, is the Senior Registrar for Geology and Geophysics at BSPELG. Her 25+ years of experience includes working in private environmental and geotechnical consulting, providing regulatory agency oversight of large military and civilian environmental cleanups for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and investigating fraud, waste and abuse as part of the Office of Enforcement at the State Water Resources Control Board.

Adam Avakian, P.G.
Senior Staff Geologist, LA Metro
D +1-619-610-7757
M +1-858-210-9748

Desert Symposium

2018 SDAG Field Trip Preliminary Information

2018 SDAG Field Trip October 12th to 14th 2018
Hello SDAG! Our field trip weekend has been finalized and we are well on our way to putting together, what I hope to be, a great trip. We will have road stops on the way to the Barstow area and then a day of hikes in the Rainbow/Basin and Owl Canyon Area. Our Sunday stop consists of the geology around Calico Ghost Town and the history of the ghost town. I am always looking for volunteers to assist in geologic areas of interest or general interest in helping on the trip. I will start taking signups in June or July. If you have questions or ideas, send them to Ken Haase at

2017 SDAG field trip, Julian-Banner Mining District - A Road to Gold

A link to more field trip pictures taken by Rob Hawk here: SDAG 2017 Field Trip Pictures

Did Tuesday's M=7.9 Kodiak earthquake nudge the Alaskan Megathrust closer to failure?

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Temblor

M=4 Southern California earthquake highlights Elsinore Fault's destructive potential

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Temblor

John Minch book

NEW Interactive Fault Map for San Diego

As part of the update for the San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Planning Scenario, Working Group No. 1's "Fault Map Subcommittee" has completed the first publicly available bi-national active and potentially active fault map. This interactive GIS map includes the first publicly available active and potentially active fault map locations from the City of San Diego. The City of San Diego fault locations and activity of faults are based chiefly on interpretation of information contained in geologic reports by private consultants. The City of San Diego identifies active faults as Holocene (<= 11,000yr) and potentially active as Quaternary (up to 1.6my). City of San Diego fault investigations are ongoing that may require future revision of this map. This map is not a substitute for a site specific fault investigation. The map also includes an updated fault map layer from the State CGS. CGS suggests users defer to the City of San Diego fault data, where marked, for increased accuracy. The map also integrated the faults south of the border for a bi-national cross border view. You can expand the map legend on the left side to see the fault ages and sources for each layer that can be turned on or off for the map view. You can select from 1 of 12 base maps. You can click on the fault line on the map to see the meta-data source. This map includes the yellow dashed SURFACE FAULT RUPTURE location layer that will be used for the infrastructure, social, and economic impacts and emergency response for the update to the Earthquake Scenario. In addition, active and potentially active fault investigation locations from private companies are planned to be added to this map as a resource. This map is an on-going project and resource as our knowledge increases about local active and potentially active faults.

The link is available at:

I would like to thank Carolyn Glockhoff for her endless GIS work, Jim Quinn and the City for providing their data and time, Jerry Treiman with CGS for his time preparing the Surface Rupture and providing their new State fault data layer, and Luis Mendoza at CICESE for providing the faults south of the border. Please contact Diane Murbach (, Chair for the SD-TJ Earthquake Scenario Working Group #1 - Earth Science, if you have any questions, or see any errors on this new fault map.

Diane Murbach
(619) 865-4333
Engineering Geologist, C.E.G.
Photo of the month CALL FOR PHOTOS!
That's right!...It's back, the SDAG monthly photo competition, featuring the very best of member photo submissions from around the County and beyond. The prize is one free drink at the next meeting, so if you're a winner, just see our resident bartender extraordinaire, Cari Gomes at the next meeting.....or myself (The Secretary) if it's not a SDAG libation supplied event.

When Life (your property) gives you lemons (cobbles) make lemonade (a house). A great use of Stadium Conglomerate for this historic 1926 house in the 3900 blk of Adams Ave. San Diego.
Photo and caption provided by Mike Hart, CEG

CALL FOR ARTICLES! SDAG invites members to submit articles on their current research or an interesting project they are working on for publication in the monthly newsletter. The article should be no more than 1 page in length. Photos are welcomed, too! Please submit articles to the SDAG secretary via email.

Absolution by the Sea - Now Open For Business!!
Long time SDAG member and past president, Cari Gomes, has assisted in opening a new brewery-restaurant called Absolution by the Sea, from Absolution Brewing Company. The restaurant is located at 7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. Phone 619-202-4152. Come enjoy great craft beer and food with your fellow geologists!

Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures featuring custom adventures.

52nd AESE Annual Meeting - Niagara Falls, New York - September 26th to 29th 2018

Mark your calendars! The 52nd annual meeting of the Association of Earth will take place in Niagara Falls, New York, September 26 to 29, 2018.

AESE's meetings generally consist of 2 days of technical sessions and a 1-day field trip. Please join us for a fun-filled and educational experience September 2018. Meeting headquarters will be the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. The meeting hotel will be the Sheraton at the Falls, on Third Street, where a block of rooms has been set aside for attendees, at a nightly rate of US$139 ($129 for room + $10 facility fee).

Niagara Falls has been a prime tourist destination since the mid-19th century. People come from around the world to see just the falls, themselves. But there is so much more to explore on both the American and Canadian sides of the falls, from world class wineries, Niagara Falls State Park (providing close access to the American and Bridal Veil falls), Niagara Gorge hiking trails, and art galleries to the Schoellkopf Power Plant museum (providing easy access to the bottom of the gorge), Niagara rapids jet boat tours, Old Fort Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake and remember to bring your passports if you wish to take in all that the area has to offer!

The meeting is open to anyone interested in earth science editing, publishing and outreach. The program is in the initial planning stage. Watch for meeting updates on AESE's web page A closed Facebook group has been set up to share information . For more information, please contact host chair, Marg Rutka,, and technical program chair, Phil Farquharson .

Got too many rocks? Are you (or specifically, your spouse...) interested in giving them a good home *away* from your house and garden? Mesa College is looking to collect some rock samples for an inaugural Earth History course. We are specifically looking for sedimentary rocks that include examples of different energy environments (varying grain sizes and shapes) and structures (ripples, cross bedding, planar bedding, graded bedding, etc.). We are also looking to beef up our fossil collection and are looking for all the major phyla: Echinoderms, brachiopods, mollusks (bivalves, cephalopods, gastropods), arthropods (trilobites and more!), corals (Cnidaria), Porifera, Bryozoa, vertebrates (Chordata), etc. Looking for both actual standalone specimens or in the rock still (showing different environments of deposition). We are looking for fossil preservation examples, and also for good trace fossil evidence. Got any sediment grain samples from cool locales? We'll take them! If you have anything else you think provides a good 'story' in the rock, we are willing to check it out! We are collecting ASAP to assess how much needs to be ordered for the fall course. Please contact Jill Krezoski at or Don Barrie at with queries or samples.

ROCK DONATIONS NEEDED: Amy Romano, one of our former student members, is looking for rock donations. Amy is currently attending Humboldt State University and majoring in Geology. She is very involved with Humboldt's Geology Club, and every year the club holds a rock auction to support their activities. If you have any rocks to donate, please contact Amy at

Annual Scholarship Awards by the San Diego Association of Geologists, a program of the San Diego Geological Society, Inc.

A primary function of the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG) is to support academic opportunities in geology and related sciences. By-laws of the San Diego Geological Society (SDGS) specify the support of academic opportunity ranging from elementary through graduate levels. The SDAG scholarship program has supported academic research in higher education by awarding scholarships annually to students from two-year and four-year undergraduate and master's level programs. Awards are for outstanding research in geology and related sciences. Nominations are solicited from individual faculty and from geology or related science departments at accredited academic institutions. Evaluation of the relative merit of each nominee is based on an abstract describing the objectives and results of the research being conducted by the student and on the letter of recommendation by the student's mentor or nominating committee.

The annual timeline is as follows:
  • Request for nominations occurs in September.
  • Nomination letters and research abstracts are received by the Scholarship Coordinator in mid to late October.
  • Awardees and their nominators are invited to attend the December SDAG dinner meeting. Scholarship awards are distributed to the student during the December meeting.
  • Students accepting awards are required to give a presentation of their research results usually at a spring dinner meeting of SDAG.
For further information contact SDGS Board at through the Contact Us option


A comprehensive listing of all papers published by SDAG, whether as annual field trip guidebooks or special publications, is available on our website. Entries are sorted by primary author, or chronologically by date of publication, from our first guidebook in 1972, up the San Luis Rey River in 2013, from Coast to Cactus in 2014, and finally over the edge to the Coyote Mountains in 2015. These can be accessed or downloaded as .pdf files. They are fully searchable in Adobe Reader or Acrobat, so if you are researching a topic, "tsunami" for example, you can search for that keyword. This listing will be updated as new books are published. Thanks to Greg Peterson and Hargis + Associates, Inc., for making this possible. See the links below:
SDAG publications sorted by senior author.
SDAG publications sorted chronologically.

Request for Sponsors: 2018 SDAG/SDGS and Publication SPONSORS

On behalf of the San Diego Geological Society, Inc. (SDGS), a public benefit 501(c)3 nonprofit educational corporation, we would like to request tax deductible Donations at our San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG)

The list of paid Sponsors and the forms to become a Sponsor are located on the SDAG web site at:
Your donation will further the SDGS mission to promote geology and related fields in the greater San Diego region, operating through the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG), a committee of SDGS. To achieve our primary educational objective, we organize frequent field trips and maintain a program of monthly meetings featuring speakers on current geological topics. We also publish field trip guidebooks and other publications related to geology and natural history. We encourage scholarship and research by awarding scholarships from the elementary through graduate levels. With your $100 "EMERALD" donation, your name/business will be listed as a sponsor on the SDAG web site ( and in the monthly SDAG meeting newsletters. With your $500 "RUBY" or $1,000 or more "DIAMOND" level donation, your business card will also be included on the SDAG web site and in the monthly SDAG meeting newsletters. In addition, as a "$1,000 or more DIAMOND" level donation you will be presented with a thank you plaque. Should you have any questions regarding a Sponsorship, please contact our non-profit SDGS Secretary (Diane Murbach) at 619-865-4333.


As many of you are aware, the San Diego Geological Society (SDGS) was formed in early 2010 as an official non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and SDAG is now an organization under this corporation. The reasons for doing this were many and they are spelled out in an informational sheet, the Business Plan of SDGS. The officers of SDGS should be very familiar to you, as they are all past presidents of SDAG. For those of you that would like to read more about SDGS and what it means to SDAG, check out the informational page on the website. Also check out the website

GSA meetings

2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana

Annual Meeting 2018
Field Trip Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Session and Short Courses Deadline: February 1, 2018
Abstract Deadline: August 14, 2018
Meeting Dates: November 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana


If you want to complete your collection, or just see what SDAG was up to in the 1970s, check out our website's publication page, and scroll all the way down: In addition to our very first publication in 1972, a field trip to Otay Mesa, you'll find our 1973 Geology and Hazards of San Diego volume, the first of two guidebooks to the Coronado Islands, in 1978, and our 1987 field guide to the gold mines of Julian. Happy reading!

Short-term rental or long-term lease. Warehouse from 3125 to 6250 sq. ft. Two remodeled offices. Mix and match to meet your needs. Ideal for geotech operations; best possible rates, and we are geology friendly. Contact Lowell Lindsay at Sunbelt Publications 619-258-4911 x110.

SDAG Wear - Monte (Murbach) has a variety of shirts, hats, visors and even a nice vest with the SDAG logo. A small selection is available for purchase at the meetings; all SDAG wear can be ordered from Monte.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?? Do you have an event, job opening, field trip or other announcement you would like to share with our members?? Just call or email our SDAG Secretary.

San Diego State University

Wednesday seminars, 1 - 2 pm, SDSU in the Chemistry-Geology Building, room CSL-422. Check for details.
Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-1020
FAX (619) 594-4372           VOICE (619) 594-6394
*****Parking near campus is limited. There are two lots of meters on the SE side of campus off College, for example and it would be about a 5 minute walk from there. The first lot is meters, and the deeper lot is less expensive ticket machine. *****
The Gordon Gastil Endowed Scholarship Fund continues to seek donations of any amount. Gifts of $ 500.00 or more will be recognized on a plaque to be placed in the remodeled Geology Building. Donations can be sent through SDAG, or contact Pia or Marie, Department of Geological Sciences, SDSU, at (619) 594-5586.

AAPG Student Chapter
American Association of Petroleum Geologists - San Diego State University

Jennifer Luscombe (current student M.S. student at SDSU) and the SDSU-AAPG student chapter officers are beginning the 2016/2017 academic year. Their intention is to support student interest in petroleum and geology related fields. The AAPG student officers are currently organizing an event to stockpile the students with geology supplies and funds to attend the AAPG event in Las Vegas and GSA event in Denver. Details of the event will be forthcoming.

Association for Environmental Health and Sciences

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
AEG San Diego Chapter
AEG Inland Empire Chapter

Coast Geological Society

Inland Geological Society

Los Angeles Basin Geological Society

Meetings are generally held the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:30AM at the Grand at Willow (check their website for their newsletter, for more details, and to make a reservation). Reservations Are Essential.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.,
Southern California Mining Section

South Coast Geological Society

The SCGS usually meets on the first Monday of every month, in Orange County. For more SCGS information, visit their website at:

West Coast PTTC

Check the West Coast Petroleum Technology Transfer Council website for workshop date and location.

Our website manager, Carolyn Glockhoff, can create a link from any Corporate Sponsor's listing on the SDAG website to its company website, if one exists. Also, please send the URLs of your favorite geology sites to for listing on the Geologic Links page. These could be data resources, schools, useful government contacts, geologic software, contractors, laboratories, your own company's website, or anything you think would be useful to your colleagues.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?? Do you have an event, job opening, field trip or other announcement you would like to share with our members?? Just call or email Adam Avakian 2018 SDAG Secretary. Any news regarding upcoming events that may be of interest to the Association or news of your business can be submitted.

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