The Imperial Valley is an area rich in its geology. From its hard volcanic rock, to its rare earth minerals and even gold, it’s no wonder that the Imperial Valley is known by geologists as one of the most geological diverse areas of the American Southwest. For millennia, these resources have been mined by humans to help them adapt, survive, and thrive in an otherwise harsh landscape. From the area’s earliest indigenous peoples, to early pioneers and prospectors, to modern industry, the geology of the Imperial Valley continues to fuel its people, history, and future.


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