- Join us for our last talk of the 2015-2016 season -
Art Sylvester (Professor Emeritus, UCSB) and Libby O'Black Gans (SBCC) will discuss their recently published book, 'Roadside Geology of Southern California'. Art and Libby will also have copies of their book for sale at the meeting.
Additionally, student scholarships will be awarded at this month's meeting.
Art Sylvester and Libby O'Black Gans will discuss their book:
Roadside Geology of Southern California
Mountain Press has a new book in its galaxy of Roadside books, which guide interested motorists to the geology of more than 30 states. UCSB geologist Arthur Sylvester and Elizabeth O'Black Gans, geologist-illustrator, wrote the new book to guide you along southern California's highways during your exploration of its mountains and deserts. The 400 page book will introduce you to the results of almost every type of geologic process, from desert erosion to glaciation, from ancient to recent volcanism, and from giant prehistoric landslides to active earthquake faults. You'll learn that southern California has every age of rock, from 2.5 billion year old gneiss to 3,000 year old volcanic cinders, and every type of rock, from rare plutonic and volcanic rocks to common sandstone and limestone, from high-grade metamorphic rocks to soupy sediments yet to harden into rock, and from precious gemstones to giant quarries of sand and gravel. All these topics and more are presented and discussed in this full-color book and in the May 17th Coast Geological Society lecture.
Libby O'Black Gans, SBCC (Left)
Art Sylvester, Professor Emeritus UCSB (Right)
Arthur Sylvester is a native southern Californian, educated at Pomona College and UCLA, where he studied emplacement of granitic plutons in Norway and eastern California. He joined a team of Shell Development Company research geologists and geophysicists to study the role of strike-slip faults, especially the San Andreas, in the geotectonic history of the Pacific margin of the US. Shortly afterward, he settled at UCSB to teach courses in structural geology and field geology - and to lead field trips throughout southern California. His field research focused on various structural, seismic, and igneous rock problems in the Salton Trough, the Transverse Ranges, parts of the Mojave Desert, Norway, and southern Italy. He retired from active teaching in 2003.
Libby O'Black Gans, currently employed at Santa Barbara City College in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, earned her BA in Geology from UCSB. There she learned the art of geologic map making and soon became the first digital artist for the Dibblee Geological Foundation, working with Helmut Ehrenspeck to pioneer the transition to digital drafting of the Dibblee maps. While raising a family, Libby continues to work on geologic map making and scientific illustration projects that have appeared in many scientific journals.