Oakland geography

I don’t always poke around Oakland’s innards, its rocks and landforms and geologic history. Most of the time, I actually just enjoy the place.

lake merritt

Geography is what geology, climate, history and culture all add up to. Round Top and the ancient volcano it embodies, the hills and the sea air riding up their flanks are merely the stage for Oakland’s beautiful humanity. It is a magnificent arena, where you can see people from every part of the world in one place.

I seem to have caught up with my long backlog of photos and topics. It’s time to get outside again. What questions about Oakland’s geology are on your minds?


5 Responses to “Oakland geography”

  1. Naomi Schiff Says:

    I am wondering what kind of fill and interesting detritus will be uncovered during the 12th Street project at south edge of Lake M!

  2. Andrew Says:

    I wonder too, but of course we can’t wander around in the excavation.

  3. Andy B. Says:

    forgive me if you’ve already covered this (i haven’t read very far back… yet), but what exactly were they mining out of the quarry anyway? how did that rock form, when, and what does that mean? i’ve always wondered that!

  4. Bre Says:

    I am a 8th grade teacher in NC and came across your site while researching some information about geography for my class this year. I just wanted to thank you for the great information and articles about geography.

    We would love it if you could write a few articles for us, or link to some of the current articles to help us spread trusted resources to other teachers. I have included a link to the site below in hopes you might want to link to it.

    Thanks and keep the great resources coming

    Bre Matthews

  5. Andrew Says:

    Bre, I recommend that you contact my colleague at About.com, Geography Guide Matt Rosenberg at http://geography.about.com/

    Thanks for your praise.

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