Geology of the Sierra Nevada / Edition 2by Mary Hill
Pub. Date: 05/15/2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevadathe longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more
Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevadathe longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed.
The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold.
For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text.
* Written in easy-to-understand language for a wide audience.
* Gives detailed information on where to view outstanding Sierra Nevada geology in some of the world's most beloved natural treasures and national parks, including Yosemite.
* Provides specific information on places to see glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and exhibits of gold mines and mining equipment, many from Gold Rush times.
* Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Ever-Changing Sierra
Special Section: Geological Features and Where to See Them
A Do-It-Yourself Rock Key
Tables of Geological Features
Maps of Geological Sights
Chapter 1: Geology: Of Time and Rocks
Chapter 2: The Range Today
Chapter 3: Being First
Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics Puts the Sierra Nevada in Its Place
Chapter 5: Seas of Long Ago
Chapter 6: Great Is Granite
Chapter 7: Treasures from the Earth
Chapter 8: Landscapes of Yesteryear
Chapter 9: Days of Fire
Chapter 10: Days of Ice
Chapter 11: Mono Lake: The “Dead Sea” of the West
Chapter 12: The Yosemite “Problem”
Chapter 13: The Mountains Tremble
Suggestions for Further Reading
Sources of Figure Graphics
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A basic and highly comprehensive introduction to the subject, yet also a step deeper. Clear and readable explanations throughout. I especially like the maps showing where good examples can be found of the incredibly diverse geology of this large mountain range. And if you already know a thing or two about Sierra geology, this book will fill in your knowledge gaps and expose you to much more, without having to trudge through a geology textbook.