Talk:Santa Cruz Mountains

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there needs to be a map indicating the location of the mountains right at the top of the page. (talk)


Why does the link for offend people as spam? I honestly cannot see a qualitative difference between it and If the one should go, they both should. Or if one belongs, so does the other. TCC (talk) (contribs) 20:26, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

San Francisco?[edit]

If the northernmost point is Montara Mountain, how does the range extend to San Francisco? (talk) 06:08, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Northern limit of the Santa Cruz Mountains[edit]

Per the section above, I've also had a hard time placing what is considered the northern terminus of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

There seems to be a pretty clear consensus that the Pajaro River demarcates the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains, but definitions of the northern end seem more ambiguous. Most, but not all of the sources I've seen give San Pedro Mountain (a northwest spur of Montara Mountain) and Pedro Point as the northern extent of the range, but some go as far as Mussel Rock (where the San Andreas Fault runs into the ocean), and gives the Merced Valley as the northern boundary. (If the latter definition is used, Sweeney Ridge and Milagra Ridge are part of the Santa Cruz Mountains, but by the first definition, they are not.) This variation is reflected in George Hall Ashley's The Neocene of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which defines the Santa Cruz Mountains as running north to Point San Pedro (aka, Pedro Point), but in the next paragraph, defines the ridge running north to Mussel Rock as part of the range as well. [1]

Some definitions of the Santa Cruz Mountains extent are very broad. The definition used in John Hunter Thomas' Flora of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California [2] includes the entire San Francisco Peninsula from the Golden Gate to the Pajaro River, but I think that's really stretching the definition. The website for San Bruno Mountain State Park [3] says that the mountain is "at the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz range", but most sources I've come across do not include San Bruno Mountain as part of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Notably, Elizabeth McClintock, et al, A flora of the San Bruno Mountains San Mateo County, California [4] clearly distinguishes between the San Bruno Mountains (which the authors treat as a range rather than a single mountain) as distinct from the Santa Cruz Mountains and separated by the Merced Valley.

I've gone ahead and removed language showing very broad definitions of Santa Cruz Mountain range, specifically, a statement that it runs through San Francisco County. I've also removed the statement in the San Bruno Mountain article that it is part of the Santa Cruz Mountains. At some point, I hope to check on more sources (there are a number of old publications on the geology of the Santa Cruz Mountains that aren't available digitally) and revise the article to give a more detailed and accurate description of the parameters of this range. Peter G Werner (talk) 20:40, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

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