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SDAG 2007 ANNUAL FIELD TRIP - October 13-14, 2007
Hydrogeology and Environmental Issues in the Guadalupe Valley and the Northern Coast of Baja California, Mexico

Guadaloupe Valley

Tijuana-Ensenada Coastal Corridor

  • Environmental issues along the international border & coastal highway
  • La Mission: water resources, hydrogeology, environmental impact of aggregate extraction
  • La Salina: environmental issues associated with coastal development
  • El Mirador overlook: regional tectonic setting geology & geomorphology
  • San Miguel Landslide
  • tour of CICESE(Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada)

Guadalupe Valley

  • Hydrogeology, geology & tectonics
  • Carbon flux
  • Winery tours and wine tasting
  • History, traditions and modern life of the Kumeyaay indigenous people
  • Hike to hot springs

Tecate Highway

  • Faulting
  • Plutonic rocks
  • Stratigraphy & geomorphology

Field trip leaders:
Sarah Gray
, University of San Diego and
Thomas Kretzschmar, CICESE

Transportation: chartered bus which departs/returns from/to University of San Diego
Trip includes:
  • Transportation in luxury AC bus with restroom
  • Catered meals, snacks, & beverages
  • Camping & cultural program at the Kumeyaay Village of San Antonio Necua
  • Field trip guidebook & logo gift
Number of Participants limited to 40 people. Co-sponsored by the University of San Diego, Transborder Institute.

In a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, participants explore one of the most beautiful regions of northern Baja California, the Guadalupe Valley, which produces over 95% of Mexico's wine. Some of the activities include: visits to wineries; discussions of environmental problems associated with coastal development; saltwater intrusion and its implications on drinking water and agriculture in Maneadero; the fracture and landslide zones of the Rosarito Formation; future economic and environmental concerns; and a discussion of the history of native peoples and immigrants to the area. We camp at San Antonio Necua (a local native village). Important note: a valid passport will be required to cross the border.
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