Geology of U. S. Parklands / Edition 5

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Overview

A fascinating and accessible introduction to the principles of physical and historical geology.

For the millions who visit them each year, U.S. national parklands offer a glittering spectacle of natural wonders. But beyond the spectacular scenery, these national treasures have a much bigger, more awe-inspiring tale to tell—a sprawling story of upheaval and transformation, involving forces and time-spans almost beyond imagining. The purpose of this book is to provide you with the knowledge you need to read and interpret that story, and to make visits to the parklands even more special. Requiring no prior familiarity with the geological sciences, this region-by-region exploration of the U.S. parklands teaches the principles of physical and historical geology by example. It begins with a general introduction to all important concepts, terms, and principles. In the chapters that follow, the authors take you on a tour through the geological regions of the United States. Beginning with Hawaii and the Pacific borderlands and moving progressively eastward to the Appalachian Mountains and the coastal plains of the East Coast, they provide you with a geologist's-eye view of the landforms, mountains, and bodies of water encountered in over 70 national parks and monuments, and tell the fascinating story of their evolution. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 300 stunning photographs and maps and featuring greatly expanded coverage of the geological story, history, and culture of U.S. parks and monuments, this new edition of Dr. David Harris's classic text is an ideal introduction to the principles of geology for students and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Kiver brings you right into a park so that you can see how the earth has moved, view the flora and fauna, relive the drama of the early peoples, and marvel at the foresight and courage of those who fought to save the parks for succeeding generations."—Nancy Wolfson; Natural Areas Journal; (Vol. 20; No. 3; 2000)
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Kiver (geology, Eastern Washington University) introduces the principles of physical and historical geology, and recounts the geologic stories of 78 national parks. Black and white photographs and maps accompany each story. More in-depth coverage in the fifth edition resulted in the omission of parks in Alaska. Formerly titled . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471332183
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

EUGENE P. KIVER, PhD, is a professor of geology at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. Dr. Kiver received his doctorate in geology from the University of Wyoming. He is coauthor of the Fourth Edition of this book, and prepared the revisions of this Fifth Edition.

DAVID V. HARRIS, PhD (deceased), was a professor of geology at Colorado State University from 1946 until 1976. He was the author of the first three editions of this book, and coauthor of the Fourth Edition, then titled Geologic Story of National Parks and Monuments.

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Table of Contents

Hawaiian Archipelago.

Pacific Border Provinces.

Cascade Mountain Province.

Sierra Nevada Province.

Basin and Range Province.

Columbia Intermontane Province.

Colorado Plateaus Province.

Rocky Mountain Cordillera: Northern Rocky Mountain Province.

Middle Rocky Mountain Province.

Southern Rocky Mountains.

Great Plains Province.

Central Lowlands Province.

Ouachita Province.

Superior Upland Province.

Interior Low Plateaus Province.

The Appalachian Provinces.

New England Province.

Coastal Plain Province.

Index.

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