Paleocene Turbidites, Point Lobos State Reserve, California

ID 2182

The marine conglomerates and sandstones of the Paleocene Carmelo Formation were deposited within a submarine canyon eroded into Cretaceous granodiorite of the Salinian block. The Carmelo Formation probably accumulated in the middle to upper reaches of the canyon system. A well-developed trace-fossil assemblage suggests deposition occurred at depths ranging from about 660 to 5,500 feet. Photographed near Weston Beach.

"…the greatest meeting of land and water in the world."

Landscape artist Francis McComas's brief but extravagant comparison remains unchallenged for describing the headlands at Point Lobos State Reserve near Carmel.

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