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Plant and Animal Endemism in California$
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Susan Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275546

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275546.001.0001

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A Brief History of California

A Brief History of California

(p.29) 2 A Brief History of California
Plant and Animal Endemism in California

Susan P. Harrison

University of California Press

This chapter begins by reviewing the geologic development of present-day California, including the roles of plate tectonics and mountain uplift. It next reviews the history of the climate from around 50 million years ago (coincident with the origins of the modern land area), through progressive drying and cooling, to the origin of the modern Mediterranean-type climatic regime in the last 2 million years. It finally summarizes the broad outlines of California's floristic history from 50 million years ago to the present.

Keywords:   geology, tectonics, paleoclimate, paleobotany, California

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