Geology of the Sierra Nevada / Edition 2

Geology of the Sierra Nevada / Edition 2

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by Mary Hill
     
 

Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada—the 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

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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada—the 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236967
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised Edition
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
662,259
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Geologist Mary Hill is the author of Gold: The California Story (California, 2002) and California Landscape: Origin and Evolution (California, 1984). She is coauthor of Volcanic Eruptions of 1980 at Mount St. Helens: The First 100 Days (1982). Longtime editor of the magazine California Geology, she was later Western Region
Information Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the ever-changing Sierra1
1Geology : of time and rocks61
2The range today77
3Being first95
4Place tectonics puts the Sierra Nevada in its place129
5Seas of long ago149
6Great is granite177
7Treasures from the earth211
8Landscapes of yesteryear241
9Days of fire259
10Days of ice289
11Mono Lake : the "dead sea" of the West321
12The Yosemite "problem"335
13The mountains tremble363

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