Catalina Island, one of Eight Channel Islands
Note Eagle Rock in lower right-center of the photograph, an islet at west end of Pimu-Catalina


by
Robert Roy van de Hoek
October 2000

The following web page was created to provide the reader and visitor to Pimu-Catalina Island, additional breadth in relation to Catalina geography and sense of place in order to connect history to nature and thus achieve natural history. It is also presented for pure education, knowledge, and curiosity to know about California natural landscapes from the perspective of WILD NATURE. I feast in her literature with the use of the words "dazzling" and "emerald" and "rainbows" and "tramped" in a scientific geology article.

Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
Volume 3, Number 8, page 140
1904

Fossil Peak, Santa Catalina Island
by
Blanche Trask
(Read Before the Section of Geology, October 24, 1904)

The fossil Pecten estrellanus Con. was found three years ago on one of our greatest elevations. It appears like a powder along the trail, while below, the eroded cliff-edge is thick-set with the shells from one to six inches in diameter.

Most of them are cracked and packed in the limestone as though by heavy pressure.

An adjacent peak is topped with rolled pebbles, while the great dikes of volcanic rock are visible here and there. In these erosions rainbows seem to be imprisoned, and when the winter rains set the emerald grasses aglow the effect is dazzling.

In the thousands of miles that I have tramped here no other trace of fossils has been found. The elevation is about 1,500 feet above the sea.