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Purisima

Purisima is located in the Central Coast region of California, on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB). Purisima is accessed via a trail through sand dunes and along a beach and this remote location on VAFB severely limits human visitation. This gently sloping site consists of extremely uneven terrain, containing many deep cracks and folds.

Purisima long-term monitoring overview

Purisima is on a long, rocky point dominated by a mixture of consolidated bedrock and boulder fields, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, cobble and sandy beach.

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Purisima were established in 1993, and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Water temperature is monitored at this site.

For more information about Purisima, please contact Pete Raimondi.

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