A few years ago, like maybe 18,000, the level of the Pacific Ocean was a lot lower than it is now. How do I know this? Well, Bob, the polar ice-cap and continental glacier guy, told me. I believe Bob. He's been around for some 80 years. Deep submarine canyons were cut in the Monterey Bay area as an extension of the Salinas River. I don't know why, but, it always seems weird to me that some rivers flow north.
A little later, due to sustained transpression of the Pacific Plate onto the American Plate along the nearby San Andreas Fault Zone, there was continued uplift of the entire coastline of California so that erosive action of marine waves cut terraces in the Monterey Bay area. I get the words transpression and transgression mixed up. When I was a kid, my Mom used to collect American Plates. We ate off them on special occasions.
Most of the above is verbatim from Wikipedia which we all know is the truth. I might have made up a little bit.
Point Lobos State Park, California 2012
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