East Bay

4:08pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Imagining the giant hippos, monstrous sharks, and sea beasts of an underwater Silicon Valley

Construction site at the Calaveras Dam in the East Bay hills.

Digging up ancient worlds

When construction workers break into earth’s surface, it’s not unusual for them to discover ancient worlds. Last year, crews unearthed the remains of three mammoths and one giant bison in San Francisco While working at the Caldecott Tunnel, fossil hunters discovered the remains of camels that once roamed the East Bay. There’s actually provisions in California’s environmental laws that require that anyone doing major digging projects call fossil experts first, just in case. So when work began near Fremont to rebuild the Calaveras Dam, paleontologist Jim Walker was called to the scene to hunt for fossils. He expected to find a few, but the count surpassed 600.

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4:40pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

East Bay Express: Wine country, in the City

The East Bay has been experiencing something of a wine boom over the past decade or so and the East Bay Express devotes this week’s edition to exploring it in the Taste Edition. There are now at least 25 wineries in East Bay cities. Ellen Cushing wrote about them and their history. She spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan about wine culture in the East Bay.

Listen to the interview above.

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