Glaciers of California: Modern Glaciers, Ice Age Glaciers, the Origin of Yosemite Valley, and a Glacier Tour in the Sierra Nevada

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Glaciers in sunny California? Many people will be surprised to learn that there are several hundred in this state, ranging in size from the impressive Whitney Glacier on Mt. Shasta and the Palisade Glacier in the Sierra Nevada to tiny glacierets. While California's glaciers are small compared to those in the northern Rockies or the European Alps, each one is interesting and some are suitable for exploring. Also of note is the fact that Ice Age glaciers carved California's most spectacular mountain scenery-the ...
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Overview

Glaciers in sunny California? Many people will be surprised to learn that there are several hundred in this state, ranging in size from the impressive Whitney Glacier on Mt. Shasta and the Palisade Glacier in the Sierra Nevada to tiny glacierets. While California's glaciers are small compared to those in the northern Rockies or the European Alps, each one is interesting and some are suitable for exploring. Also of note is the fact that Ice Age glaciers carved California's most spectacular mountain scenery-the High Sierra was glaciated several times and glacial landforms are prominent features of the Sierran landscape today.
Bill Guyton summarizes the history of the discovery of Ice Age glaciation and modern-day glaciers in California, as well as the development of modern ideas about the state's glacial history. He describes the controversy about the origin of Yosemite Valley and quotes from the colorful accounts of early mountain explorers such as John Muir, Josiah Whitney, and Franois Matthes. His book provides a primer on glaciers and glacial landforms, a glossary of technical terms, helpful illustrations, and a 100-mile Sierra field trip guide for readers who want to see glaciers and glacial features for themselves. Glaciers of California will make any visit to the mountains more interesting, whether one is carrying a camera, crampons, or a fishing pole.

"This book gives all California mountain lovers another reason to head for the hills. Guyton explains in layman's terms the subtle differences between glaciers, glacierets, and permanent snowfields . . . and takes us on a superlative 'glacier tour' of Yosemite National Park. This is a great addition to the mountainliterature of the Golden State." (Steve Roper, author of Sierra High Route)

"Geologist Bill Guyton explains clearly how glaciers work, how they form and move and what they do to the landscape. With excellent illustrations . . . this book is an eye-opener." (Mary Hill, author of Geology of the Sierra Nevada)

"Guyton brings alive the ancient courses of glaciers into modern pathways for understanding. He transforms today's icy relics on the shadowed heights of the Golden State into crystalline visions of a very different past--and perhaps future--when global cooling reigned over the highlands." (Galen Rowell, photographer, author of Poles Apart)

Author Biography: Bill Guyton is Professor Emeritus of Geosciences at California State University at Chico. He has hiked, backpacked, fished, and climbed in the High Sierra for over 45 years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520226838
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2001
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 1,321,971
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Guyton is Professor Emeritus of Geosciences at California State University at Chico. He has hiked, backpacked, fished, and climbed in the High Sierra for over 45 years.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Pt. 1 California and Glaciers 1
1 California, Glaciers, and the Ice Age 3
Pt. 2 Ice Age Glaciers 19
2 Discovery and Glacial History 21
3 Ice Age Glaciers of the Sierra Nevada 42
4 Origin of Yosemite Valley 64
5 Ice Age Glaciers Outside the Sierra Nevada 87
Pt. 3 Modern Glaciers and Holocene Climate 99
6 Discovery of Modern Glaciers and their Age 101
7 Modern Glaciers 111
8 Trees, Lakes, Pollen, and Packrats 144
Pt. 4 Seeing for yourself 151
9 A Field Trip 153
Glossary 181
Additional Reading 187
Index 189
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