Author Archive for Kyle Stock

Kelp forests are one of the most productive ecosystems

Kelp forests are one of the most productive ecosystems

  You see it when you gaze out over the ocean from one of our sublime coastal bluffs. It looks like an oil slick in the water about half-a-mile from shore.

Local beaches to get sand

Local beaches to get sand

  Over the past two months, a 315-foot boat named Liberty Island has been stalking close to our coastline. This vessel is the dredge doing much of the work to complete the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project. This $28 million undertaking is a joint venture of the San Diego Association of Governments, the State Department […]

Journey of the Torrey pine

Journey of the Torrey pine

It is the rarest pine tree in North America and it only grows on a small stretch of San Diego coastline.

San Diego’s surf scientist, Carl Ekstrom

San Diego’s surf scientist, Carl Ekstrom

“It’s best to go radical and pull back than to never go there in the first place.”

What do clouds mean?

What do clouds mean?

Looking east on a balmy August afternoon, we are struck by the towering clouds rising into the atmosphere. We are all familiar with the persistent marine layer clouds of early summer. Winter brings wet storm clouds from the ocean.

Readying for shooting stars and meteor showers

Readying for shooting stars and meteor showers

It’s good that shooting stars are not actually stars. The Earth wouldn’t exist if stars constantly whizzed through the atmosphere.

San Diego isn’t flat

San Diego isn’t flat

We are coastal inhabitants. We live between three and about 400 feet above sea level. But San Diego County is not a flat, static landscape. Just off the coast, the dynamic geography rises into peaks, drops into canyons, then up over taller mountains before diving into the Colorado Desert and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The […]

Summertime stargazing

Summertime stargazing

When asked, “What is your favorite view in the night sky?” many astronomers will not cite some far off view of a nebula or planet. Passionate stargazers frequently claim a dark sky view of the summer Milky Way as their favorite observation. Often mistaken for wispy clouds, the view toward the center of our galaxy […]

The evolution of sand

The evolution of sand

It is omnipresent in our community. It cannot be escaped. On the streets, on your feets and in your sheets. In your car and your carpet. It is everywhere. Some people dislike it, while others celebrate it as it represents our privileged geographical location. It is summertime, beach time — sand is everywhere. North County’s […]

More spectacular sights to follow May’s solar eclipse

More spectacular sights to follow May’s solar eclipse

I just returned home from the summit of Black Mountain Open Space Park in Rancho Peñasquitos.