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Geology of the American Southwest: A Journey through Two Billion Years of Plate-Tectonic History

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"The processes of geology form our landscape over immeasurable expanses of time, and nowhere is this more self-evident than in the spectacular scenery of the Southwest of the United States of America. Two billion years of Earth history are represented in the rocks and landscape of this region, creating natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, Monument valley, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Death Valley." Geology of the American Southwest provides the first concise and accessible account of the geology of the region. It relates local geological events to global plate tectonics, and documents complex episodes of sedimentation, mountain building and crust stretching, describing events leading to features of the modern landscape. Its broad chronological approach differs from other books about the geology of the region, which focus either on smaller regions, or are organized by travel route. This book will prove invaluable to students studying the geology of the southwest. It will also appeal to anyone interested in geology and landscape, and is a valuable guide for visitors to the National Parks of the region.
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"The intended scope of this book is as majestic as the topic itself. Recommended." J.H. Beck, Boston College, CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016667
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,189,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Scott Baldridge is a Research Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico. He is currently an associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. In 1998 he received an Excellence in Geophysical Education Award from the American Geophysical Union, and in 2000 a Special Commendation Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He has published widely in the scientific literature. His passion for field geology has taken him to all corners of the American Southwest, and beyond.

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Table of Contents

1 Growth of a continent: formation and stabilization of continental lithosphere
2 Tantalizing time
3 The international connection: breakup of a supercontinent
4 Stability to orogeny: transformation of the Western Margin
5 Pangea! Collision with Gondwana
6 Deserts to dinosaurs
7 Western orogeny
8 The Modern Southwest
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