"Those damn biologics! They cover up all the rocks," so said a geological colleague of ours not long ago. And chaparral is by far one of the best covers, no doubt. But when the fire comes, and eventually it will, so goes the cover and the geology is revealed, although a bit darkened by soot.
Enjoy the photos below. More to come...
The Topanga Rock! On Topanga Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Mountains, January 9, 2006. After nearly 16 inches of rain, the boulder fell about 30 feet from its original position. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes.
Mountain composed of gabbro (back center) revealed after the 2003 Cedar fire. Note different granitic formations with white boulders showing on either side of the reddish gabbro deposit. Looking north from Guatay, San Diego County.
Death on the Gabbro. Deep red colors are characteristic of gabbro soils found in Southern California. This little critter chose this place to rest...for good, on the gabbro.