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Bodega Head
Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California

Bodega Head is a block of granite cut off from the mainland by the San Andreas Fault. The rift zone is submerged in the bay or covered by the dunes. Most of the headland and dunes are protected in state parks.

Despite its proximity to the fault, in 1958 Bodega Head was chosen as the site for the first commercial nuclear power plant in the country. A huge square excavation, the "hole in the head", was made before work was halted because of concerns about safety. Eventually it was established that there was an active fault through the reactor site (which PG&E was trying to hide) and in 1964 the project was abruptly cancelled.


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Fishing pier on Bodega Head

Fishing pier on Bodega Head

Public fishing pier at the Spud Point marina

Bodega Bay, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2011
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Pocket beach on Bodega Head

Pocket beach on Bodega Head

A popular though dangerous pocket beach in the west side of Bodega Head

Sonoma Coast State Park, Bodega Bay, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2011
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West side of Bodega Head

West side of Bodega Head

West-facing ciffs and a pocket beach on Bodega Head

Sonoma Coast State Park, Bodega Bay, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2011
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The Hole in the Head at Bodega Bay

The Hole in the Head at Bodega Bay

Viewpoint and interpretive sign for the "hole in the head" reactor site

Bodega Head, Sonoma Coast State Park, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2011
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Harbor entrance from Bodega Head

Harbor entrance from Bodega Head

View of the Bodega Bay harbor entrance jetties from the top of Bodega Head

Sonoma Coast State Park, Bodega Bay, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2011
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