This Geology Rocks in 15 Seconds video demonstrates the unique geological landscape that is Cherry Cove. Once a mining community, Cherry was a large producer of Galena, a metallic mineral that is an important source of lead and, on rare occasions, silvers! Near Cherry, the rock quarry was used to harvest stones used for many things on the mainland, including Long Beach break walls.
One can find many types of stones in or near Cherry Cove; Lion’s Head, an iconic landmark of Cherry is made of blue schist, Bird Rock is made of Sedimentary Breccia, Ship Rock is composed of mostly igneous rock from volcanic activity, and one can find Diatomaceous Earth, rock made from the remains of dead plankton, within the walls of Little Fisherman’s Cove. There are many more different rock types that can be found on Catalina Island, ranging from the iridescent emerald of Green Schist to the soft textured Soapstone.