“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

 – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Professor of Geology & Oceanography

Physical Sciences Department

Mira Costa College                                                  

 

 

·               Ph.D. in Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1990

·               M.S. in Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1986

·               B.A. in Geology, University of Chicago,1983

         Email: kmeldahl@miracosta.edu (best way to contact me)      Phone: (760) 757-2121, ext. 6412 (but I prefer email)

 

Consider making Oceanography or Geology part of your educational experience at Mira Costa College.  Here in coastal San Diego County we are surrounded by a fascinating and readily accessible geologic and oceanographic environment.  Studying oceanography and geology here is interesting, fun, and relevant to all of our lives.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about oceanography or geology classes, including Oceanography online (see the bottom of this page for more information).

 

I have taught college earth science for most of my professional life, first at the University of Arizona in Tucson, then at Oberlin College in Ohio, and now Mira Costa College, where I have been since 1997.

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ROUGH-HEWN LAND  

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My book ROUGH-HEWN LAND: A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains (University of California Press) takes the reader on an armchair “field trip” across the wilds of the American West and explains the science behind the scenery.  See ROUGH-HEWN LAND on Amazon.com. 

 

HARD ROAD WEST

To write my first book HARD ROAD WEST: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail (University of Chicago Press), I followed the route of the gold rush pioneers—the forty-niners—for 2000 miles along the historic California Trail from the central U.S. to California.  Along the way, I investigated how the geologic development of the West influenced the pioneers’ experiences, and created the gold that lured them to California.  See HARD ROAD WEST on Amazon.com.