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California Natural History Guides #80: Geology of the Sierra Nevada


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ISBN13: 9780520236967
ISBN10: 0520236963
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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevadaand#151;the longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed.

The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold.

For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text.

* Written in easy-to-understand language for a wide audience.

* Gives detailed information on where to view outstanding Sierra Nevada geology in some of the world's most beloved natural treasures and national parks, including Yosemite.

* Provides specific information on places to see glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and exhibits of gold mines and mining equipment, many from Gold Rush times.

* Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.

About the Author

Geologist Mary Hill is the author of Gold: The California Story (California, 2002) and California Landscape: Origin and Evolution (California, 1984). She is coauthor of Volcanic Eruptions of 1980 at Mount St. Helens: The First 100 Days (1982). Longtime editor of the magazine California Geology, she was later Western Region Information Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Ever-Changing Sierra

Special Section: Geological Features and Where to See Them

A Do-It-Yourself Rock Key

Tables of Geological Features

Maps of Geological Sights

Chapter 1: Geology: Of Time and Rocks

Chapter 2: The Range Today

Chapter 3: Being First

Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics Puts the Sierra Nevada in Its Place

Chapter 5: Seas of Long Ago

Chapter 6: Great Is Granite

Chapter 7: Treasures from the Earth

Chapter 8: Landscapes of Yesteryear

Chapter 9: Days of Fire

Chapter 10: Days of Ice

Chapter 11: Mono Lake: The and#147;Dead Seaand#8221; of the West

Chapter 12: The Yosemite and#147;Problemand#8221;

Chapter 13: The Mountains Tremble



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rockhammer, February 4, 2007 (view all comments by rockhammer)
As a geologist, I was interested in this book for some of the more technical details of it appeared to offer. I was delighted to find that this was a text which was appropriate and interesting for every level of expertise. The text is clear and readable, the photographs stunning and on every page there is a marvelous mix of history and human interest as well as geology. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about one of our nation's greatest natural wonders or who just wants to get an idea of what they are looking at on their next hike.
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Product Details

Hill, Mary
University of California Press
Pavlik, Bruce M.
Faber, Phyllis M.
Sierra nevada (calif. and nev.)
Sierra Nevada
Earth Sciences - Geology
Geology -- Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Ecosystems & Habitats - Mountains
General Nature
Nature Studies-Biology
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Edition Description:
Second Edition, Revised Edition
California natural history guides ;
Series Volume:
no. 32/200280
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Grade Level:
117 color illustrations, 16 b/w photogra
7.25 x 4.5 x 1.25 in 23 oz

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