Owens Valley hosts one of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth, and that landscape is pure geology.On this tour we will examine evidence for some of the geologic features and forces that built this landscape, including granites, glaciers, faults, and earthquakes. Stops will include granite fins in the Alabama Hills, the fault that produced the great 1872 Lone Pine earthquake, and evidence for the chain of lakes that occupied Owens Valley during glacial times, not long ago.
The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes.
Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.
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Tour #1: Saturday October 6th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Immediately after the presentation.
Tour: Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 11:00 AM
Tour #2: Saturday October 6th 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tour: Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 1:30 PM
Don't Miss Allen's Presentation - Geology of Owens Valley a talk by Allen Glazner
Saturday 10:00 Am - 11:00 AM
Admittance by Festival Button or Tour Ticket Only
The precipitous mountains, alkali salt flats, granite towers, sand dunes, and other landscape features that make Owens Valley the perfect backdrop for cinema have a geologic story to tell. In this talk Allen will give a brief overview of the events that produced “The Deepest Valley” and its remarkable scenery. Did you know that Owens Valley was recently a huge chain of freshwater lakes, and glaciers filled Sierra Nevada canyons, reaching the valley floor? That everything west of the valley is hitching itself to the Pacific Plate, and Owens Valley will become the new plate boundary? That the Sierra Nevada Range has no root and should not exist? That when you’re in Lone Pine you’re on top of a filled 10,000-foot-deep basin that is as deep as the Sierra Nevada are tall? Come learn about these and other geo-tidbits that give Owens Valley its unique scenery.
About Your Tour Guide:
Allen Glazner grew up among citrus trees in Upland, California, and fell in love with mountains, deserts, and science as a child. He attended Pomona College, majoring in geology, earned a Ph.D. at UCLA, and took a faculty position at the University of North Carolina in 1981, where he has been ever since. He grew up watching monster movies and westerns and knew that those monsters and cowboys were out there in the desert. His research deals with volcanic rocks, granites, and plate tectonics, and he works all over eastern California, including Yosemite, the Mojave Desert, and Owens Valley. He has coauthored three popular books on California’s geology: Geology Underfoot in Southern California, Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park, and, most relevant to Lone Pine, Geology Underfoot in Owens Valley and Death Valley.
Books By Allen: See in museum gift shop.
Geology Underfoot in Southern California; Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park & Geology Underfoot in Owens Valley and Death Valley