Yosemite: A Story of Fire and Ice
Dr. Vali Memeti and Dr. Natalie Bursztyn
June 10, 2019
Joseph Gutierrez and Isabel Guinto
The “Yosemite: A Story of Fire and Ice” audio tour presented by students and faculty from the Department of Geological Sciences.
This tour tells the geologic story of Yosemite National Park, from its fiery volcanic beginnings millions of years ago to the powerful glacial ice that carved the landscape thousands of years ago. The story sites along this route have been chosen to showcase the rich geologic history and iconic rock formations of the park at both famous and lesser-known rock outcrops. In addition to explaining the igneous origins of the beautiful landscape you see here today and the glacial forces that later shaped it, we’ll discuss the effects of human impacts and recent climate change on the features within the park.
This tour was created by two undergraduate Cal State Fullerton students for their senior theses: Joseph Gutierrez and Isabel Guinto, under the supervision of Dr. Natalie Bursztyn and Dr. Vali Memeti, and in collaboration with PhD student Katie Ardill from the University of Southern California. We are also extremely grateful to Caroline Scott-Fleming at Merit/Andrew for donating studio time for us to record this audio tour.