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Split Mountain Crazycline

Split Mountain was long thought to be an anticline -- rock folded upwards to form a ridge. But we were there at the same time as a geology field trip; & doing a little eavesdropping, we learned the correct technical term for the baroque peak of the fold (seen here): "The Crazycline."

 

All that goes out the window if, as more recently suggested, it is not an anticline, formed by slow uplift, but a drag fold formed when a submarine landslide plowed into layers of sediments in the Gulf of California.

 

When I walked over to stand in front of the wall & do my best to look like a human being for scale, I also discovered my one & only specimen of Orcutt's aster, growing straight out of the rock.

 

Rumor has it (see comment from Tom Feldman below) that this plant has been there since at least 1989.

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Taken on March 29, 2003