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Course Description

Join us for a natural history tour of the Claremont Wilderness Park and the San Antonio Canyon. This course covers geology and plant communities of the Eastern San Gabriel Mountains. We will identify the major plants of the chaparral and riparian plant communities, discuss plant adaptations to the Southern California climate and explore how plants have adapted to chaparral fires. In addition we will see 1.7 billion year old rocks, debris fans and the Cucamonga thrust fault. We will view and discuss the major faults of San Antonio Canyon, see some of the oldest rocks in California, observe huge landslides and end up at a beautiful waterfall. Our drive will take us up in elevation about 5,500 feet through 5 biotic communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Riparian, Yellow Pine Forest, and White Fir Forest. Our discussion will include plant adaptations to changes in elevation and names of the major plants in each community.
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