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At various times in a span of 15 years, John McPhee has made geological field trips in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis. The result is Assembling California, a cross section in human and geologic time which reveals how large and separate pieces of country have drifted in to coalesce as California.
Posted March 19, 2013
I like the author's candid writing style, and the book includes a ton of information, but it isn't really organized. The story basically progresses from roadcuts along I-80 in the Sierras down to the coast range at San Francisco, with a side trip to Cypress and Macedonia. While the book progresses in a sort-of linear fashion, the way it tells the geologic history doesn't, so it's more of a read-through book and not really a great reference. Either way it's still the best book on California geologic history I've seen, and is very entertaining to read.
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Posted April 24, 2010
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