5th annual CSUB Geo Club BBQ Dinner


Friday, Feb. 22
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
2018 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-324-6350



Normal Museum Admission, Members are Free

Event Description:

 “Fossils of the McKittrick, Maricopa, and Rancho La Brea Tar Seeps”Presented by Geologist Tim Elam California is known for many unusual and fascinating geologic features. Here in Kern County, tar seeps near on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley provide a glimpse of life in the valley thousands of years ago.Similar to the more famous Rancho La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, tar seeps and pits at McKittrick and Maricopa entombed and preserved the hard parts of thousands of plants and animals. Seeds, spores, insects, birds, and large mammals, including saber-toothed cats, became trapped in gooey tar.  Join local geologist Tim Elam for a photographic presentation that will include discussions of:·        The geology, formation, and age of the seeps·        Bones, bones, bones…animals found in the tar·        Paleontologic excavations ·        Comparison of Kern County’s seeps to the La Brea tar pits·        Tar extraction by Yokuts Indians and early oil minersThe presentation will be informal, and no geologic background is necessary to enjoy the event.There will be no extra charge to attend this event…just the normal Museum admittance fee.

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