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Circular 1198

Beyond the Golden Gate—Oceanography, Geology, Biology, and Environmental Issues in the Gulf of the Farallones

Edited by Herman A. Karl, John L. Chin, Edward Ueber, Peter H. Stauffer, and James W. Hendley II


Photo of surf crashing on the rocks of one of the Farallon Islands


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began a major geologic and oceanographic study of the Gulf of the Farallones in 1989. This investigation, the first of several now being conducted adjacent to major population centers by the USGS, was undertaken to establish a scientific data base for an area of 3,400 square kilometers (1,000 square nautical miles) on the Continental Shelf adjacent to the San Francisco Bay region. The results of this study can be used to evaluate and monitor human impact on the marine environment.

Map showing the California coast from Bodega Bay to Monterey Bay with the Farallon Islands shown larger in an inset

Map of the San Francisco Bay Region and the Gulf of the Farallones.

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Created: January 3, 2002 (cad)
Last update: November 17, 2006 (mfd)