Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology

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Etched on the Grand Canyon's steep walls are stories of how this majestic landscape came to be: stories of volcanic islands, stark deserts, tranquil seas come and gone, and ancient plants and animals that made this place their home. You'll "read" the rock up close on the trail with the help of Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology.
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Overview

Etched on the Grand Canyon's steep walls are stories of how this majestic landscape came to be: stories of volcanic islands, stark deserts, tranquil seas come and gone, and ancient plants and animals that made this place their home. You'll "read" the rock up close on the trail with the help of Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898868951
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Series: Hiking Geology Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 647,011
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Journey through Time 10
Part 1. Stories in Stone--The Geologic Evolution of the Grand Canyon 13
Chapter 1. The Precambrian 15
Chapter 2. The Paleozoic 35
Chapter 3. The Mesozoic 49
Chapter 4. The Cenozoic 54
Part 2. Preparing to Hike the Grand Canyon's Geology 61
Chapter 5. Planning and Permitting Your Trip 63
Chapter 6. Low-Impact and Safe Hiking and Camping 74
Part 3. Hikes from the South Rim 81
Hike 1. Tanner Trail: A Fault's Work Is Never Done 82
Hike 2. New Hance Trail: A Perfect Storm 94
Hike 3. Grandview Trail: Of Mines and Monoclines 106
Hike 4. South Kaibab Trail: A Continent Torn Asunder 114
Hike 5. Bright Angel Trail: Rosetta Stones 124
Hike 6. Clear Creek Trail: Islands in a Cambrian Sea 139
Hike 7. South Rim Trail: Desert Shield 146
Hike 8. Red Butte Trail: The Missing Pages 158
Hike 9. Hermit Trail: Paths of Our Ancestors 166
Hike 10. Dripping Springs Trail: Dripping Springs Create Amazing Things 177
Hike 11. Tonto Trail: Journey to the Brink 184
Hike 12. Havasu Canyon Trail: Cascades of Blue-Green Water 197
Part 4. Hikes from the North Rim 211
Hike 13. Nankoweap Trail: Journey to the Center of a Supercontinent 212
Hike 14. Uncle Jim Trail: Forests of Sinkholes 227
Hike 15. North Kaibab Trail: Water Makes the Rim Grow Distant 232
Hike 16. Bill Hall Trail to Thunder River Trail: The Walls Came Tumbling Down 243
Hike 17. Deer Creek Trail: Burrowing through Time 255
Hike 18. Lava Falls Route: A Clash of Fire and Water 262
Appendixes 271
A. The Cast of Characters 271
B. Rocks of Ages: Geologic Time 277
C. Plate Tectonics: The Restless Earth 282
D. Key References 289
E. Map List 292
Glossary 293
Index 298
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