Dr. Eric Hovanitz's


(Knowledge is Power)

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Welcome, you have reached the web page of Eric Hovanitz. I am a professor of Geology, Santiago Canyon College.

Popocatepetl, (Mexico) erupting.

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Spring 2016 syllabi and link to "How to Calculate Your Grade".

Introduction to Geology Outline | Earth Science Outline | Earth Science Educators Outline | Geology Lab Outline ed ed 09/12/2011

Possible Exam Questions (Possible but not guaranteed)

Helpful study hints - Do you really want to pass this class?

Arroyo Seco "Meeting of the Minds" field trip pictures. (updated 26 November)

Really, really useful geology web sites.

Really, really useful college and college transfer web sites.

Blinking LED lightA good geologic glossary. Blame this on Emily I.

The best little railroad in the United States of America! Updated link.

Blinking LED lightA funny Flash video: "Cows with Guns". One of the original flash videos. Link fixed. Blame this on Emily I.


A look at the new sport of Extreme Ironing (click for enlargement and the 2003 Extreme Ironing Competition winning picture!)


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 Here is a picture of Eric taken in India. Traveling is one of my favorite past times. Click on the picture for an enlargement. To return to this page use your browsers "BACK" function. Besides India, other places I have traveled to include Antarctica, Greenland, Baffin Island, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico (most cities), Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. I am happy traveling just about anywhere on this Earth. I have also driven across much of the U.S.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow- mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

Mark Twain- Innocents Abroad


Eric's Favorite Things

Besides travel, I enjoy photography (click here for some of my pictures of Indonesia, India and Carcass Island).

Mountain Biking. My favorites include the Brown Mountain Loop through the Arroyo Seco, Lower Brown Mountain Road, and past Owen Brown's grave site. I also ride to Mt. Lukens, Mt. Wilson (via Mt. Lowe Railway Route). The West Fork of the San Gabriel River is a great place for a quiet family ride.

Backpacking in the Sierra Nevada. Here is a picture of me at Thousand Island Lake between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite. I was with my friends Alan Colville and Gary Lee.

Recent books I have read that you might find interesting:

William Mulholland and
the Rise of Los Angeles

by Catherine Mulholland
William Mulholland and the Owens Valley Aqueduct bring water to a thirsty Los Angeles. Includes the heartbreak of the San Fransisquito Dam disaster.

Volcano Cowboys by Dick Thompson
"The Rocky Evolution of a Dangerous Science". Includes Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Pinatubo and other volcanoes.

Mrs. Chippy by Caroline Alexander.
 "The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat". Click on the book picture for a blow-up.

Longitude by Dava Sobel.
 The connection between finding longitude and the development of the modern clock escapement.
Endurance by Alfred Lansing.
 The best account of Ernest Shakleton's voyage to Antarctica.
Unearthing Atlantis by Charles Pellegrino.
 The mystery of Atlantis solved using geology, volcanology, history and archeology.
The Cradle of Life by William Schopf
 The history of Paleontology and the search for the first life on earth.

Can you guess my all-time movie from this portion of the sound track? Here is a picture from the movie.


Education Background

Ph.D., Geology, University of Southern California, 1998. My dissertation title was "Carbon Isotope Heterogeneity and Oxygen Isotope Homogeneity in the Cretaceous Cucamonga Terrane, Southern California." (What a mouthful.)

M.S., Geology, California State University, Los Angeles.

B.S., Geology, California State University, Los Angeles.


"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned [but] probably the last lesson that is learned thoroughly."


- T. H. Huxley



Here is a picture of me returning from Carcass Island, Falklands. Water temperature is 35°F; wind velocity is 60 knots. Looks like fun, huh? Like to join me on my next adventure? Click on the picture for an enlargement.


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last modified 06-Feb-2016