Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology

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Novelists, poets, artists, anthropologists, traditional elders, philosophers, and naturalists come together to create a geological portrait of the Earth - from the violence of earth-quakes and erupting volcanoes to epochal patterns in stone and the sinuous flow of rivers. With insights from many cultures and across time, Bedrock wonderfully illuminates the geology of our home planet.
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Overview

Novelists, poets, artists, anthropologists, traditional elders, philosophers, and naturalists come together to create a geological portrait of the Earth - from the violence of earth-quakes and erupting volcanoes to epochal patterns in stone and the sinuous flow of rivers. With insights from many cultures and across time, Bedrock wonderfully illuminates the geology of our home planet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595340238
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 1,408,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xv
1 Of Rock and Stone 1
from The Stones Cry Out 5
from "The Innocence of Rock" in A Sense of the Earth 13
from "Ode to the Land: The Dine Perspective" 16
from "Digression on Rocks, Soils and Men" in A Land 22
from A Passage to India 27
from "The Relic Men" in The Night Country 30
"A Question of Conglomerate" 38
"Rock" from Given Sugar, Given Salt 41
2 Deep Time 43
from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 46
from "The Slit" in The Immense Journey 47
from Wind, Sand and Stars 53
"The Fish in the Stone" from Museum 55
from Theory of the Earth 56
from Man in the Landscape 60
from Letters from the Earth 65
3 Faults, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis 71
from An Account of My Hut 75
from Roughing It 77
from "The Investigation of the California Earthquake of 1906" 80
"The Temblor: A Personal Narration" 86
from "Assembling California" in Annals of the Former World 94
from "The Recent Earthquake Wave on the Coast of Japan" 96
4 Volcanoes and Eruptions 99
from Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives 103
from Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i 109
from "Cooling the Lava" in The Control of Nature 115
"Account of the Death of Pliny the Elder" 122
from Voyage of the Beagle 125
from "Life on the Rocks: The Galapagos" in Teaching a Stone to Talk 129
"Not a Very Sensible Place for a Stroll" in Craters of Fire 131
"Fire in the Night" 140
"A Very Warm Mountain" 146
5 On Mountains and Highlands 155
from Modern Painters 160
from "Letter VII" in A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 162
from "Basin and Range" in Annals of the Former World 166
from "Look to the Mountaintop" 171
from Land of the Spotted Eagle 176
from This House of Sky 178
from The Sacred Theory of the Earth 182
from Landscape in History and Other Essays 185
from My First Summer in the Sierra 189
"Why" 191
6 Rivers to the Sea 193
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" 197
from "The Flow of the River" in The Immense Journey 198
from From Heaven Lake 202
from "A Native Hill" 206
from "The Bend" in River Notes 208
from The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (formerly Canyons of the Colorado) 212
"the mississippi river empties into the gulf" from The Terrible Stories 219
from "Atchafalaya" in The Control of Nature 220
from "The Marginal World" in The Edge of the Sea 224
7 The Work of Ice 229
from Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery 232
from An Account of the Arctic Regions, with a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery 235
from The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica 238
from "The Great Scablands Debate" in The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History 242
from Arnold Heim and August Gassner's The Throne of the Gods 246
from Wolfsong 251
from The Yosemite 252
8 Wind and Desert 255
from Wind: How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land 260
from The English Patient 263
from Conversations with the Earth 265
from "The Physics of Blown Sand" in Sahara Unveiled 267
"Sahara" from The Black Unicorn 271
"Desert Rain" in The Sheltering Desert 274
from The Land of Little Rain 277
"Wind" from Ocean Power 282
from "White Sands" in Memory Fever 285
9 Living on Earth 289
from The Way to Rainy Mountain 292
from Out of the Earth 296
from Report to Greco 299
from The Breast of the Earth 301
from The Grapes of Wrath 303
from "Interior and Exterior Landscapes: The Pueblo Migration Stories" 307
from A Sense of the Earth 314
from "An American Land Ethic" in The Man Made of Words 317
"Earth Verse" in Mountains and Rivers Without End 321
Contributors 323
Permissions 333
Photo credits 339
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