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By on February 4, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Events

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series

Saturday March 8, 2014  10 AM to 12PM

Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Avenue

UCSB Geology Professor Ed Keller

Geology of the Ojai Valley

And the river that runs through it

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The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting Professor Edward Keller for a presentation on the Geology of the Ojai Valley. The presentation is scheduled to take place Saturday March 8 at 10 AM at the Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Avenue. Professor Keller is a professor of earth science, environmental studies, and geography at UCSB and did extensive research on the valley’s geologic structure in the 1980’s.

The geologic forces that created the Ojai Valley and are still at work today will be the focus of this episode of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s “All About Ojai” environmental learning series. You will learn how a web of earthquake fault lines actively shaped the valley in the Pleistocene age making the Ojai Valley a rare “east west-trending topographic and structural zone superimposed on the otherwise northwest-trending structural grain of California.”  Those same fault lines and other natural forces are still lifting and moving the valley today.

Current drought conditions aside, Professor Keller will show the power of the Ventura River when the rains do come.  The river that seems so tame most of the time can become a raging torrent taking out trees and sending boulders down river.  Keller will also talk about the very real threat of a tsunami event along the coast at the mouth of the watershed.

A leading authority on rivers and earthquakes, Keller is a specialist in environmental geology and surface processes. His current research interests include natural hazards, river processes, and habitat for endangered southern steelhead trout. He has authored more than 100 journal articles, as well as several books. “Environmental Geology,” a textbook he began writing as a graduate student at Purdue University, is now in its ninth edition, and has become a foundation in environmental geology curricula. Edward Keller has over 20 years experience in public service and consulting in a variety of subjects and cases including: flood hazard; erosion; coastal processes; landslides; and landscape history.

This All About Ojai event is free to members and students and $10 for non-members.  Become a member today!  A family membership is just $35 per year.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED.  For more information or to make a reservation contact Marti Reid at 805 649-6852 ext. 2 or



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  1. Michael Lurie says:

    I am a member. I would like to accompany my wife Nancy Kochevar who already signed up

  2. Michael Lurie says:

    I would like to attend the Saturday Geology of the Ojai Valley. Is it now held at the ojai theater?

  3. Laurie Lerner says:

    Hi – I made a reservation to the discussion this Saturday and unfortunately can not attend. My Mom is in the hospital. Thanks, Laurie Lerner PS – I wish that the Saturday All About Ojai classes would be from 11 – 1 for us that come up from LA. Thanks, Laurie Lerner