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California Natural History Guides #79: Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

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Why does a bit of ocean floor lie on top of Mt. Diablo? Why is Red Rock, that small, knobby island in San Francisco Bay, red? Why is Loma Prieta high? This book is for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors who want to explore the geologic world of this spectacular area, to learn about its shapes, colors, and rocky foundations. Doris Sloan illuminates the colorful geologic mosaic that surrounds San Francisco Bay and lucidly explains the complex and fascinating processes that have forged it over millions of years.

In a lively and engaging style, Sloan describes forces such as the movement of tectonic plates, erosion, the waves on the coast, and human activity. She provides background information on the processes, time frame, and rocks that are the key to understanding the Bay Area landscape and geologic history, then turns to distinct regions of the Bay Area and to San Francisco Bay itself.

* Superbly illustrated with 139 color photographs, 41 drawings, and 29 maps

* Covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties

* Gives clear, nontechnical explanations of complex topics including plate tectonics and the Bay Area's fault systems

* Suggests locales in parks and open space preserves to view Bay Area geology in action

Synopsis:

"You can't really know the place where you live until you know the shapes and origins of the land around you. To feel truly at home in the Bay Area, read Doris Sloan's intriguing stories of this region's spectacular, quirky landscapes."—Hal Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

"This is a fascinating look at some of the world's most complex and engaging geology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an understanding of the beautiful landscape and dynamic geology of the Bay Area."—Mel Erskine, geological consultant

"This accessible summary of San Francisco Bay Area geology is particularly timely. We are living in an age where we must deal with our impact on our environment and the impact of the environment on us. Earthquake hazards, and to a lesser extent landslide hazards, are well known, but the public also needs to be aware of other important engineering and environmental impacts and geologic resources. This book will allow Bay Area residents to make more intelligent decisions about the geological issues affecting their lives."—John Wakabayashi, geological consultant

About the Author

Doris Sloan is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

SECTION I OVERVIEW AND SOME BASIC GEOLOGY TO SET THE STAGE

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 THE SETTING AND THE PROCESSES THAT SHAPE IT

Time: Human and Geologic

Geological Processes: Shaping the Landscape

At the Surface: Weathering and Erosion

Where Sea Meets Land

The Sand On (and Off) the Beach

CHAPTER 2 THE PLATE TECTONIC FRAMEWORK

The Dance of the Plates

Californias Dynamic Past

The Bay Areas Network of Faults

Squeezing the Bay Area

The Bay Areas Complex Structure

CHAPTER 3 THE REMARKABLE ROCKS OF THE BAY AREA

The Foundation under our Feet: The ‘Basement Rocks

The World-Famous Franciscan Complex

Assembling the Franciscan

Great Valley Complex

Salinian Complex: Visitor from Down South

The Younger Rocks: Emerging from the Sea

Tertiary Volcanoic Rocks

At the Top of the Heap

SECTION II BAY AREA GEOLOGY

CHAPTER 4 MARIN COUNTY - A DIVIDED LANDSCAPE

The San Andreas Fault

West of the San Andreas Fault

Sierran Rocks in the Bay Area?

East of the San Andreas Fault

The Franciscan Complex

The Great Valley Complex

The Younger Rocks

Some Special Places to Visit

The Marin Headlands

Ring Mountain: the Bay Areas Unusual Metamorphic Rocks

Mt. Tamalpais: Cross-Section through Subduction

CHAPTER 5 SAN FRANCISCO - GEOLOGY BENEATH THE PAVEMENT

The Streams and Lakes that Once Were

The City on the Dunes

Ice-Age Sand

Modern Sand along the Shore

Under the City: The Rocky Foundation

Alcatraz Terrane

Marin Headlands Terrane

San Bruno Mountain Terrane

Melange Zones

On Top of the Basement Rocks

CHAPTER 6 THE BAY AND THE ISLANDS

The Estuary and its Surprises

Water that Flows ‘Upstream

Secrets of the Sediments

Early History of the Bay

Marshes and Plains Around the Bay

Islands in the Bay: the Drowned Landscape

CHAPTER 7 THE PENINSULA: COAST, REDWOODS, AND BAY

The Coastal Landscape

The Land Uplifted

Down to the Sea

Faults That Carve Up the Peninsula

The Basement Rocks

A Record of Past Seas

The Youngest Rocks of the Peninsula

CHAPTER 8 THE SOUTH BAY

The Valley That Was: The Santa Clara Valley

South Bay Faults and Structure

The South Bays Diverse Rocks

The Basement Rocks

The South Bay Tertiary Rocks: From Sea to Land

Volcanic Rocks

Special Places to Explore

Alum Rock Park: The Bay Areas Hot Spring Resort

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

CHAPTER 9 THE EAST BAY

A Young Landscape

The Delta, a Subsided Marsh

Creeks that Go the Long Way Round

The East Bay Fault System

The Hayward Fault

Rocks Old and Young

The Mesozoic Subduction Record

From Sea to Land

The Livermore Valley

Special Places to Explore

Mount Diablo State Park

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

The East Bay Hills

CHAPTER 10 THE NORTH BAY

The Sonoma Coast: Lifted Up and Slumping Down

Faults and Fault Slices

The Hole in the Head

Assembling the North Bay

The Basement Rocks

The Salinian Block

Across the Fault

Sidebar: Goat Rock State Beach

After Subduction Ended

The North Bays Volcanic Eruptions

Rivers and Bay

SECTION III

Credits

Further Reading

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520236295
Author:
Karachewski, John
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Sloan, Doris
Subject:
California
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Geology -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Geology-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
California Natural History Guides
Series Volume:
79
Publication Date:
20060627
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
139 color photos, 41 line art, 31 maps
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.5 x 1 in 1.02 lb

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"You can't really know the place where you live until you know the shapes and origins of the land around you. To feel truly at home in the Bay Area, read Doris Sloan's intriguing stories of this region's spectacular, quirky landscapes."—Hal Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

"This is a fascinating look at some of the world's most complex and engaging geology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an understanding of the beautiful landscape and dynamic geology of the Bay Area."—Mel Erskine, geological consultant

"This accessible summary of San Francisco Bay Area geology is particularly timely. We are living in an age where we must deal with our impact on our environment and the impact of the environment on us. Earthquake hazards, and to a lesser extent landslide hazards, are well known, but the public also needs to be aware of other important engineering and environmental impacts and geologic resources. This book will allow Bay Area residents to make more intelligent decisions about the geological issues affecting their lives."—John Wakabayashi, geological consultant

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