Saturday, November 23, 2013


The Scripps Institute of Oceanography (part of UCSD) is located on the coast at the north end of La Jolla (the rest of the University is up on the hills a little farther inland).

Many years ago, the National Marine Fisheries Service (now NOAA Fisheries) established its southwest headquarters in a building perched on the high bluffs above the campus. It's a spectacular location and for decades it's provided coastal geologists with an egregious example of foolish coastal development - in books, presentations, and conversation. Not only is it right on the edge of a clearly unstable bluff, but there have been recurring reports that it may sit on an active slide.


I guess it's a good thing I finally got a chance to visit - since NOAA has now completed a grand new building across the road and the old building is marked for demolition. Eventually, I suppose everything here will end up tens of mile offshore as a stack of turbidity flows at the bottom of the La Jolla Canyon, the head of which lies immediately offshore.

The photos are taken from a variety of locations over the course of two days.

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