USGS names peak after ESS professor Clem Nelson

Posted on Sept. 5, 2012

USGS has given the name Clem Nelson Peak to an unnamed summit in Inyo National Forest, located in Inyo County. The name has been entered into the Geographic Names Information System, the nation’s official geographic names repository, which is available and searchable online at http://geonames.usgs.gov .

The entry reads as follows: Clem Nelson Peak: summit; elevation 11,343 ft; in Inyo National Forest/Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, in the White Mountains, 10 mi E of Laws; named in honor of former UCLA geology professor Clemens Arvid Nelson (1918-2004), a paleontologist, WWII veteran, and researcher of trilobites and Early-to-Middle Cambrian boundaries of the area; Inyo County, California; Sec 30, T6S, R35E, Mount Diablo Meridian; 37°23’44”N, 118°10’24”W; USGS map – Blanco Mountain 1:24,000.

Clarence Hall, An Yin, Art Sylvester, UCLA alum and UCSB Prof, Gary Ernst, Wayne Dollase, and all wrote letters supporting the proposal to name a peak in the White-Inyo Range after former UCLA geology professor Clem Nelson.