Rise and Fall of San Diego: 150 Million Years of History Recorded in Sedimentary Rocks
The story of San Diego's prehistoric landscape is captured in the region's sedimentary rocks. Line drawings, illustrations, photos, and maps help explain the key concepts.
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Composition of Jurassic Sedimentary Rocks
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