San Andreas Fault 2008

Expedition to Southern California Area


San Andreas Fault

In the 'v' between the two mountains is where the San Andreas Fault is located.


A collaborative workshop and field trip of students and teachers of SOAR-high and geologists at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst researching Fault System Evolution

May 4 - May 10, 2008




updated: 05/2/08

Goals of the trip:

The purpose of this trip is to help deaf students and teachers of the deaf to visualize the faulting system in 3-D of the San Andreas Fault System. The trip will allow the students to interact with their peers from different schools and learn more about geology of this area.

Laura, Scott, Erin and Michele in front of the San Bernardino Moutains
Laura, Scott, Erin & Michele standing in front of the San Bernardino Mountians
Laura and Scott standing next to the San Andreas Fault sign at the Lost Lake


Come see who's involved in the FIF 2008 trip?!





Sunday, May 4

  • Arrival Traveling Day
  • settling in lodging arrangements

Everyone buys their own dinner




Monday, May 5
  • San Bernardino Valley
  • Forest Falls
  • Devore
  • Punchbowl Fault
  • Lost Lake


Dinner at CSDR

The house was built on top of a landslide. This was taken in the town of Devore, CA


Tuesday, May 6
  • San Jacinto Valley
  • Hot Springs Fault
  • 1000 Palms
  • San Jacinto Tram


Dinner at the Tram (Ride N Dine)

The fault is located between the grey rock on the left and the white rock on the right

Long Beach
Wednesday, May 7
  • Portuguese Bend Landslide
  • La Brea Tar Pit
  • Griffith Park
  • Hollywood area


Pizza Dinner at Comfort Inn Suites


La Brea Tar Pit

Long Beach
Thursday, May 8
  • San Onofre State Beach
  • Tidepooling at Laguna Beach
  • Aliso Creek Beach



Barbeque on Aliso Beach

This was taken in San Onofre, if you look at the image closely, you can see a white dome. The white dome is the Nuclear Power Plant and it is situated near a fault

Long Beach
Friday, May 9
  • Final presentation at University High School in Irvine, CA.


Dinner at Marriot Riverside

University High School - Deaf & Hard of Hearing program

Saturday, May 10
  • Departure Traveling Day

Virtual Reality Google Earth Field Trip: This program will allow you to view each location site that we will be visiting in Southern California. They are organized by day: Day 1, Day 2, etc. You can use this program to get an idea of where we will be going and the different activities that we will be doing.

INSTRUCTIONS: Before you can download the files, you need to download the program itself: Google Earth. The download button is located on the right - the green button that says "Download Google Earth (Free)". Click the "Agree and Download" button and then the program will be downloaded into your computer. Then you can return to this webpage and download the virtual reality field trip files. Click the link to download the Virtual Reality Field Trip file. The name of the file is CA_FIF2008_4.kmz. The colors on the PushPin markers are separated into days: Day 1: Purple, Day 2: Green, Day 3: Yellow, Day 4: Orange and Day 5: Blue. Enjoy!


Photos of the reconnaissance trip from January 23-27 are located in these links below

Day 1 - San Onofre/Laguna Beach

Day 2 - Griffith Observatory/Santa Monica/Downtown LA

Day 3 - San Gorgonio Mountains/Forest Falls/San Bernardino Mountains/Cajon Pass/San Andreas Fault