California Coastal Resource Guide

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Nature - 384 pages
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This comprehensive and authoritative guide to the natural and cultural resources of California's magnificent 1,100-mile coastline is the companion to the best-selling California Coastal Access Guide. Whereas the Access Guide stressed public access to the California coast, the Resource Guide focuses on the rich and varied natural resources of the coast and its diverse habitats, including detailed descriptions of flora and fauna; the Guide also features accounts of the history of the coast, and includes numerous striking and informative drawings, photographs, and maps.

Part One consists of sections of statewide interest divided into three categories: the first is coastal geography, which includes descriptions of coastal mountains, rivers, marine terraces, beaches, wetlands, nearshore waters, and the open ocean; the second is living resources, covering the flora and fauna of the coast; and the third is cultural resources, treating history, architecture, recreation, and economy, including such topics as parks and beaches, recreational fishing, amusement parks, lighthouses, offshore oil, tourism, agriculture, and other coastal industries.

Part Two is composed of individual sections on each of California's coastal counties, as well as San Francisco Bay, the Farallon Islands, and the Channel Islands. This portion of the book includes 150 maps, lists of species of interest, a summary of each county's history, and site-by-site descriptions of parks, beaches, rivers, wetlands, coastal towns and cities, missions, museums, and other coastal resources; detailed information on the habitats, wildlife, and history of each site are included, as well as its address, and, where applicable, the phone number.

Copiously illustrated, accessible, and above all, entertaining, this book is an indispensable reference guide for residents and vacationers as well as a fun book to browse in for anyone interested in California's coast.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
Marine Terraces
17
Plants
34
Coastal Insects
40
Coastal Timeline 74 Lighthouses
58
Economic Resources 76 Recreation 71 Architectural Style 78 Coastal Amusement Parks COASTAL COUNTIES
66
Amphibians and Reptiles
80
Del Norte County 201 Monterey County
81
San Francisco County 279 Los Angeles County
161
San Mateo County 315 Orange County
171
Santa Cruz County 331 San Diego County
183
Santa Cruz Longtoed Salamander
197
Submarine Canyons
205
Morro Bay Kangaroo
235
Chumash Indians
237
California Brown Pelicans
265

North Coast Indians
84
Humboldt County 225 San Luis Obispo Counts
93
Humboldt
107
Mendocino County 241 Santa Barbara County
113
Sonoma County 259 Channel Islands
127
Marin County 267 Ventura County
139
San Andreas Fault
145
Gulf of the Farallones
158
Alta California Missions
270
Coastal Management Agencies
366
Acknowledgements
367
Bibliography
368
Glossary
371
Index
374
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More than thirty years ago California voters approved an initiative that led to the creation of the

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