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Hollister Ranch Topography
updated: Jan 17, 2013, 8:42 PM

By Max Rosenberg

Hollister Ranch looks like carefully pleated fabric from the air.

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 COMMENT 364722 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 08:54 PM

It's better by boat.

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 10:09 PM

Caused by an accordion earthquake?

 

 COMMENT 364728P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 10:10 PM

That is amazing. Thanks for the photo.

 

 COMMENT 364739P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:32 AM

Wow - I know the area has many beautiful canyons, one after another can be seen when you travel by train but seeing an aerial is really impressive.Looks like a fault or something else runs up the middle of the peaks from east to west. Any geologists out there?

 

 COMMENT 364743 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:10 AM

Unique and beautiful. Send it the Geology prof at SBCC.

 

 COMMENT 364744 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:14 AM

The feature mentioned by the OP is amtextbook illustration of how vegetation reflects soil type and soil type reflects geology. Those are tilted sedimentary beds very similar to what lies all along the south coast. Harder sandstones form the high points/ridges, shales generally weather more quickly. Some soils are thin, erosive and combined with a tight shale beneath, allow sparse percolation and don't support much other than grasses and forbs. I think the cows must be very happy there. The Santa Ynez faults heads offshore at the east end of the ranch and may be at the bottom of the photo. Geologic maps are available at SBMNH.

S'Auntie Barbara

 

 COMMENT 364765 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:42 AM

@744/S'Auntie: FINALLY! A clear/concise/grammatically
correct/educational response! THANK YOU THANK YOU

 

 K9CRAZY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:44 AM

What an intriguing and beautiful sight! Thank you Max!

 

 COMMENT 364770 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:51 AM

Just a question about Vandenberg airspace that perhaps Max can answer.

Do airplanes turn inland at Gaviota to avoid VAFB airspace?

Can planes fly up the coast like you did over Hollister Ranch?

 

 COMMENT 364776 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:01 AM

My first thought is that it looked more like a rutted road of the scraped dirt type. Fascinating perspective of our coast line all the same.

 

 COMMENT 364788 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:32 AM

More please. Never seen this before.

 

 COMMENT 364789 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:37 AM

Where exactly off freeway is hollister ranch? Beautiful picture... Love love!

 

 COMMENT 364794P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:47 AM

Thanks, 744! Where in the MNH are those maps available for viewing?

 

 COMMENT 364870 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:21 AM

I hope we can keep that natural beauty preserved and horrible community members like Matt Osgood and Brent Daniels find other ways to amuse their selfish desires rather than polluting our earth.

 

 COMMENT 364900 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:12 PM

Hollister Ranch is a long long way off the freeway and you cant get there from here

 

 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:56 PM

Fascinating and beautiful! It does look like pleated fabric.

789: Hollister Ranch is what you'd run into if you went straight at Gaviota (going north on 101), when it turns inland. It is 100% private, and there is no way to gain access unless you are invited by a resident. It is ~140 100-acre parcels. You can read more about it here: http://www.hollisterranch.com

 

 CHICA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:43 PM

Been through there by train many times and 1st time I've seen a picture like this. Thank you!

 

 SCEPTIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:01 PM

STRAY: No, you can't fly straight up the coast. Vandenberg is a restricted area. San Miguel Island is also, and Pt. Mugu, etc. Vandenberg's restricted airspace includes additional airspace during launches.

 

 COMMENT 365113P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:05 PM

Check Google Earth too - you can see the terrain under the ocean.

 

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