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0 C' .. .... � 12S 122 121 � + � � Ii ,, . 2 Geomorphic provinces of California. Each province is characterized by partic· ular geologic structures and lithologic units and their entailed landforms. After Bailey 1966; Ernst 1979; Jenkins 1 94 1 . ) PHYSIOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY granitic, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks-is an outlier of the north ern Sierra Nevada, but the granitic bedrock linking the two ranges is covered by younger alluvium of the upper Sacramento Valley and vol canic extrusives of the Modoc Plateau and Cascade Range (Oakeshott 1971).
When ever the oceans receded, terrestrial plants and animals invaded the "off shore" realm and established themselves as viable communities. When the ice melted during interglacial and interstadial times, marine waters rose again and flooded coastal zones. 1 ). No less than six Wisconsin ice advances caused ocean levels to fall enough to expose the floor of the Bering Sea-actually a landmass, Beringia, up to 2000 km wide connecting Siberia and Alaska (Hop kins 1967). At such times humans and other creatures could have moved easily between the Old and New Worlds.
4). 3). Of archaeological interest are ubiquitous basalt out crops, along with deposits of obsidian in the Medicine Lake Highlands (an easterly projection of the Cascades). Both types of rock were prized by the Indians as raw material for chipped-stone tools. 2) and the east ern border of the Cascade Range is indefinite in northern California be cause the fault systems and rocks characteristic of the two regions are intermingled (Macdonald 1966). The Modoc volcanic platform is actu ally the southwestern tip of the great Columbia Plateau that covers much of eastern Oregon, Washington, and southern Idaho.