Skip to main content

Georgia Cunradi

Your teacher~Ms. Cunradi

Hello, fellow Bruins!

A little bit about myself here.  This is my 25th year in the District and 14th at Wilson.  I have a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in Geosciences, minor in Art. Having been a long-standing member in the Bolsa Chica section of Sierra Club, Los Cerritos Wetlands, Orange County Astronomers, and coordinating with Algalita, I try to get my students involved in these types of endeavors with opportunities for extra credit after school and guest speakers to the classroom. In addition,  I have enjoyed the opportunity to instruct Geology students in the evening at LBCC.

I attempt  every year to get  funding for free stuff in the classroom.   Science education should be fun!

Ocean Waves
The power of water

Our Earth is ~73% water with 97% of that being ocean. The power of gravity holding the water in basins + the rotation of the earth + convection currents create wind which makes friction with the water forming waves.  Larger waves, or swells, are created by low pressure systems emanating from mostly Baja or Alaskan storms.  Pictured above is Yago Dora,  Van's of Huntington Beach Surf Champion, 2019.  Pictured below is Cortney Conolouge, 2nd place.

 Coach Martinho has s great surf program at Wilson HS.

Sunsets-Atmospheric Gold

We call this a sunset but it’s more due to the Earth’s rotation and our location moving farther (lower angle) from the sun’s direct white light.  As our location rotates away from the sun, white lights primary colors become stretched (longer color waves on the spectrum), so that yellow and orange colors bathe the horizon near dusk. The longer color waves move around the aerosols of salt crystals, water vapor, and molecules of O2 and N2 gases.

atmospheric gold
Vincent Gap-Wrightwood
Vincent Gasp-Wrightwood
San Gabriel flowers

Amongst the blue granitic rocks and soil, wildflowers abound this summer after an above-average rainy season.  The reddish flowers are CA fuchsia. Vincent Gap is a portal from the San Gabriel local mountains to the Mojave Desert.

Sunflower Succession
Sunflower Succession
Wild Fires and flowers

Peter's Canyon Regional Park in Orange/Tustin area endured a wildfire October 9, 2017. Many willows, cactus, and pepper trees died as well as the smaller scrub brush. Wildfires are a constant threat in California, and plant roots have  been known to smolder as embers near the interface of soil and vegetation.  However, life can carry on in a process called ecological succession. According to the park ranger, grasses grew back first followed by poison oak as primary succeeding vegetation.  Next came the laurel sumac, bush sunflowers, and buckwheat.  Peter's Canyon Park is supported by three firefighting stations.

Purple Sage
Purple Sage
Palos Verdes Hikes

This is a lovely area just north of Long Beach with mostly sedimentary limestone/shale cliffs, rocky tide pools, horse stables, and hiking trails.  I encourage students to hike on Saturday mornings with the Sierra Club and myself for extra credit.