Steve Norwick on Salt Point

I spoke to Steve Norwick on March 24, 2009 in his office at Sonoma State University about Salt Point, which is one of my favorite areas along the northern California coast. I met Steve while taking his class on Nature Literature at Sonoma State University. He proved to be a true intellectual - one who had an insatiable interest in everything. Steve could discuss art, science, and even taught his students computer programing.

Steve was recently hit while riding his bicycle (which you can read about here), and, while speaking with one of his colleagues at a Bloomsday reading, I remembered that this podcast was no longer online. I've remedied that. Steve is one of those few people who can make anything interesting, including a discussion of soils and erosion.

In this podcast Steve discusses the three particular ways that Salt point is unique, including the pygmy forest, the ecological staircase, and what is probably the most "highly developed tafoni landscape in the world". Steve also discusses some of the history of Salt Point, why some of its remarkable characteristics came about, the reason there is Tafoni on Mars, and whether woolly mammoths might have rubbed against the sunset rocks near Goat Rock along the Sonoma County coast.

The world is a smaller place now that Steve is gone, but I'm glad to be able to share this interview.