Recommended Guidebooks


SP 109: Geologic Excursions in Northern California: San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada

SP 109 Cover Produced for Joint Meeting of Geological Society of America and Seismological Society of America, 1991, 130 p.

  • Geological Setting of the San Francisco Bay Area
    San Francisco to Point Reyes: Both Sides of the San Andreas Fault
  • Quaternary Tectonics of the Northern San Andreas Fault, San Francisco Peninsula, Point Reyes, and Point Arena, California
  • Depositional and Other Features of the Merced Formation in Sea Cliff Exposures South of San Francisco, California
  • Tectonic Framework of the Loma Prieta Area
  • Field Trip Guide to the Geology of Sonoma County
  • Guide to the Geology of the Berkeley Hills, Central Coast Ranges, California
  • Soils, Paleosoils, and Quaternary Sediments Offset Along the Hayward Fault at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond, California
  • Franciscan Complex, Coast Range Ophiolite and Great Valley Sequence: Pacheco Pass to Del Puerto Canyon, California
  • Sutter Buttes Field Trip Guide
  • Comparison of Structural and Metamorphic Histories of Terranes in the Western Metamorphic Belt, Sierra Nevada, California

SP 114: Field Guide to the Geology and Metamorphism of the Franciscan Complex and Western Metamorphic Belt of Northern California

SP 114 CoverProduced for International Symposium "The Transition from Basalt to Metabasalt: Environments, Processes, and Petrogenesis", 1992, 78 p.

  • Metamorphism and Tectonic Origin of Franciscan Metabasites and a Field Trip Guide to Three Localities in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tectonic Setting and Metamorphism of the Sierra Nevada, California
  • Metamorphic Features of the Smartville Complex, Northern Sierra Nevada, California
  • A Glimpse of the Central and Feather River Belts, Northern Sierra Nevada
  • Geology of the Eastern Belt of the Northern Sierra Nevada

SP 119: Geologic Field Trips in Northern California

SP 119 CoverProduced for the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America, 1999, 254 p.

  • The Franciscan Complex, San Francisco Bay Area: A Record of Subduction Complex Processes
  • Sedimentary and Facies Architecture of High-Density Sediment-Gravity-Flow Deposits, Paleocene, Santa Lucia Range, California
  • Accretionary Tectonics of the Western Sierra Nevada Metamorphic Belt
  • A Discussion of Geology, Soils, Wines and History of the Napa Valley Region
  • Depositional and Other Features of the Merced Formation in Sea Cliff Exposures South of San Francisco, California
  • Mesozoic Convergent Margin of Central California
  • The Del Puerto Ophiolite: Petrology and Tectonic Setting
  • The Hayward Fault—Source of the Next Big Quake?
  • Earthquakes on the Calaveras Fault: Fact or fiction? The Geology, Seismology and Paleoseismicity of the Calaveras Fault
  • The San Andreas Fault Zone Near Point Reyes: Late Quaternary Deposition, Deformation, and Paleoseismicity
  • Geology and Natural History of the Central Coast Ranges: Berkeley to Bodega Head, California
  • Sequence Stratigraphy and Incised Valley Architecture of the Domengine Formation, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, California
  • Geology and Environmental Geochemistry of Mercury and Gold Deposits in the Northern Part of the California Coast Range Mercury Mineral Belt
  • Representative Industrial Mineral Mines of the San Francisco Bay Region: Sand and Gravel, Crushed Rock, and Limestone Sutter Buttes

SP 122: Field Guide to the Geology and Tectonics of the Northern Sierra Nevada

Special Publication 122 coverProduced for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Far-Western Section, 212 p., amply illustrated with color maps, photos, and diagrams.

  • Ultramafic Rocks in the Feather River Belt, Northern Sierra Nevada, California
  • Devonian Sierra Buttes Formation in the Jamison Lake Area: Involvement of Ancient Continental Crust in Magma Genesis
  • Geology of the Late Paleozoic Island Arc in the Northern Sierra Terrane
  • The Beacon Point Formation, Sierra County, California: A Jurassic Tectonic Boundary
  • Characteristics and Emplacement of an Early Cretaceous Dike Swarm and Stock in the Lakes Basin, Northern Sierra Nevada
  • Tertiary Volcanic Rocks of the Blairsden Area, Northern Sierra Nevada, California
  • Neotectonics of the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra Nevada-Basin and Range Transition, California, with Field Trip Stop Descriptions for the Northeastern Sierra Nevada


B 183: Franciscan and Related Rocks and Their Significance in the Geology of Western California

1964, 177 p., 2 plates (scale 1:4,800,000), 35 figures, 82 photos, and 18 tables.

OFR 84-05: Geology of the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, California

1984 [black and white map and report prepared for state park planning purposes]

OFR 84-06: Geology of the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California

1984 [black and white map and report prepared for state park planning purposes]