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In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural Historyby Ellen Morris Bishop
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Synopses & Reviews
Geology is an extremely visual subject, and In Search of Ancient Oregon is a beautifully photographed, expertly written account of Oregon's fascinating geological story.
Written by a passionate and professional geologist who has spent countless hours in the field exploring and photographing the state, In Search of Ancient Oregon is a book for all those interested in Oregon's present and past landscapes and environments. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features such as Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Steens Mountain, the Columbia River Gorge, and Cannon Beach, and scenic, not so well known places such as Jordan Craters, Leslie Gulch, Abert Rim, Hells Canyon, Elkhorn Mountains, and Three Fingered Jack. Each of the more than 220 stunning photographs is accompanied by readable text, presenting the story of how Oregon's diverse landscapes evolved — and what we may expect in the future. Until now, no book has presented this dynamic story in a way that everyone interested in Oregon's natural history can easily understand. The combination of extraordinary photographs and the author's lucid explanations make this book both unique and essential for those curious about our own contemporary landscape.
"The author's photos bring the story of Oregon's landscapes to life." Publisher's Weekly
"Bishop's expertise as a writer comes through with an exceedingly well informed and yet readable account of the 400-million-year history of the region." Douglas Palmer, New Scientist
Book News Annotation:
This absorbing book reveals the geological and ecological history of Oregon through 220 fine-art quality photographs and expert commentary from a passionate geologist who has spent years exploring and photographing the state. Offering a new lens through which outdoor enthusiasts may view the landscape, Bishop describes how hikers in Eastern Oregon may walk upon ground once lush with palms, figs, and crocodiles; and how, along Doyle Creek in Hells Canyon one may touch sedimentary sand stones that are remnants of tropical beaches. These and many other geological and ecological secrets are uncovered as the book helps readers visualize the phenomena that shaped the region and that may recast the future. Bishop formerly taught geology and environmental sciences for Eastern Oregon U., Lewis and Clark College, and Marylhurst U. She is a dedicated photographer using large-format cameras.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A beautifully photographed, expertly written account of Oregon's fascinating geological story, crafted by a passionate and professional geologist who has spent countless hours in the field exploring and photographing the state. Each of the more than 220 stunning photographs of geographic features is accompanied by readable text, presenting the story of how Oregon's diverse landscapes evolved — and what might happen in the future.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-275) and index.
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