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WHERE THE FAULT MEETS THE SALT: Exploring the most dangerous line in La Jolla

WHERE THE FAULT MEETS THE SALT: Exploring the most dangerous line in La Jolla

The tour guide stops his line of cyclists, instructing them to walk their rented bicycles north across the Coast Walk Trail Bridge instead of riding them.

“How many of you have crossed an active earthquake fault before?” he asks as no hands go up. “Well, you’re about to now.”

The Light has come to this spot to learn more about the Rose Canyon Fault from an expert. Paleoseismologist Drake Singleton is a doctoral student specializing in this very seismic feature for a dual degree from UC San Diego and San Diego State University. Last year, Singleton and his team dug a 160-foot-long, 3-foot-wide trench into the fault beneath the Presidio Hills Golf Course, spending...

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