This guide helps pre-college teachers use the geological map of California in their classroom. The beautiful map (found here and here) can give valuable information when correctly interpreted. Explore the features of the maps and ask questions to stimulate exploration and curiosity.
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California CGS Map Presentation Guideline
This California Geological Survey bulletin describes the state rock, serpentine.
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This brief handout names and describes several rock types and illustrates where they form in a subducting area.
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Rocks Formed in Mesozoic Subduction Zone
Here is a short (1-page) handout about Common CA Rocks naming and describing common rocks of California. Clicking on the link downloads a Word (.DOC) file.
Explore common rocks of the California Coast ranges at Geology Cafe.
Using a rock kit, students explore the diagnostic properties used to identify rocks, and how the rock cycle is illustrated by rock features.
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Rock ID Flowcharts