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

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

 

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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.

Synopsis:

Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada--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.

Synopsis:

Aimed at all those who want to know the mountains, from campers to scientists to armchair explorers. This book tells the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, explains the processes that shape the mountain range, and serves as a useful identification guide for interesting rocks and geological features.

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

Acknowledgments

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

Coda

Glossary

Suggestions for Further Reading

Sources of Figure Graphics

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520236950
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Geology
Author:
Hill, Mary
Author:
Pavlik, Bruce M.
Author:
Faber, Phyllis M.
Subject:
Mountains
Subject:
Sierra nevada (calif. and nev.)
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Geology -- Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Mountains
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition, Revised Edition
Series:
California Natural History Guides
Series Volume:
80
Publication Date:
20060515
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
117 color illustrations, 16 b/w photogra
Pages:
468
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.75 x 1.5 in 27 oz

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Geology » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Biology

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"Synopsis" by , Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada--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.

"Synopsis" by , Aimed at all those who want to know the mountains, from campers to scientists to armchair explorers. This book tells the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, explains the processes that shape the mountain range, and serves as a useful identification guide for interesting rocks and geological features.
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