Bean Creek

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Bean Creek is a 9.1-mile-long (14.6 km)[1] stream that rises on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains and discharges to Zayante Creek. This stream traverses relatively rugged, forested lands and is the locus of an important fossil bearing formation.[2] These fossils are embedded in the Lower Santa Margarita Formation and include Astrodapsis spatiosus;also rare species of gastropod Thais cf. lapillis, and shark teeth (e.g. Isurus hastalis) The watershed area is 8.81 square miles (22.8 km2) and the peak flow of Bean Creek has been measured at 1,380 cubic feet (39 m3) per second.[3] Since 2001 the Scotts Valley Water District has monitored regularly at three stations within Bean Creek for heavy metals and nitrates.[4] Significant groundwater recharge occurs in the streambed of Bean Creek.[5]

Coordinates: 37°03′05″N 122°03′41″W / 37.05134°N 122.06135°W / 37.05134; -122.06135[6]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. "The National Map". , accessed March 15, 2011
  2. ^ "Fossil Locations of the San Francisco Bay Area". [dead link]
  3. ^ "Gauging station information for Bean Creek". 
  4. ^ "Water Quality Monitoring in Santa Cruz County" (PDF). 
  5. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Leda Patmore, David Crimp et al., San Lorenzo Basin Groundwater Recharge and Water Quality Study, Earth Metrics Incorporated, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, July 7, 1978
  6. ^ "Bean Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.