Monday September 10, 7:30pm
Multi-Purpose Room
Culver City Veterans Memorial


An illustrated presentation by Geologist John Cook

providence mountains





Located between I-15 and I-40 freeways lies one of the most significant geologic areas in the Mojave Desert. The Providence Mountains are about 11 miles long and 3 miles at the widest point, lying within the 1.6 million acre Mojave National Preserve. The Kelso Valley floor is about 1,950 feet above sea level and the top of Mount Edgar rises to nearly 7,000 feet.

There are many abandoned mines in the Providence Mountains, which include the Vulcan Iron Mine, Bonanza King Gold Mine, Petrified Wood, fossiliferous Latham Shale and Mitchell Limestone Caverns. The Providence Mountains records about 1.5 billion years of earth’s history.

John’s talk will focus on the rich mineral deposits and unique fossils found in the Providence Mountains.

John Cook is a California based, professional geologist. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in the mining, geotechnical and environmental industries. John is the 1st vice president programs director for the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society. He is one of three shop stewards and specializes in lapidary arts, teaching, making cabochons and jewelry, and maintaining polishing machines. He leads field trips to local deserts. He has spent many years mapping the Providence Mountains, collecting fossils, and mineral specimens, prior to the area becoming a designated National Scenic Area. K

Ken Rogers
Program Chair

Future Meetings

  • October TBD
  • November: How to build a website

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday, Saturday and Sunday of the annual Fiesta of Gems show, and the day of the annual picnic.

Guests are always welcome.....

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