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Geologist outlining fold axes in California

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Went to visit the scarp that took away my route to town. :( Rip this section of highway 35
Apparently it looks like it’s an old scarp, begging the question “why the fuck did they build the highway there”, but who knows. This road was built in like, 1930s. Of course, the long drought probably didn’t help, and we’ve had an absolute fuckton of rain that probably saturated the soil and now it hasn’t rained in two days, all that water has drained out and leaving it weaker than before. Probably. I haven’t taken hydrology yet. They did fill in the scarp with dirt before building the road. The rocks here are fine grained sandstone, but it’s not well cemented together. You can crush it with your fingers easily. (If anyone knows if there’s a specific name for this kind of rock I would very much like to know!)
The tree in the last picture was still standing yesterday, so it’s not quite done falling down the hill yet. It’s going to take at least a year for the road to be fixed, and it’s unknown whether they’re gonna try to bridge it or they’re going to fight the county (which boarders the road on the side that’s not now empty space) and reroute it.
Either way I have to go 40 minutes out of my way to get to town and the store now, so this is highly inconvenient no matter how cool I think it is.

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Sun sets and Milky Way Rises over Lake Tahoe California as the inhabitants/visitors drive by.

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Storm approaching Yosemite

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Dancing Winter Fog in Yosemite valley, with BridalVeil Fall pouring over the slopes.

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Sherwin Range and Long Valley Caldera, Mono County, CA by 4 Corners Photo
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The Sherwin Range rises several thousand feet above the windswept Long Valley Caldera on a bitterly cold winter morning in Mono County, California.

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Night sky and campground over Trona Pinnacles, California desert

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6 hour timelapse of the Milky Way over the highest part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The light turns up later in the shot because the moon rises in the background - Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States, is basically at the center of the frame when it ends.