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Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region
     

Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region

by Ralph Hopkins
 

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Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region takes curious hikers on a journey through time that explores the Colorado Plateau -- an immense land of canyons, mesas, and isolated mountain ranges in the American Southwest.

Divided into representative geologic provinces/areas, author Ralph Hopkins specifies distinct geologic or scenic features and

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Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region takes curious hikers on a journey through time that explores the Colorado Plateau -- an immense land of canyons, mesas, and isolated mountain ranges in the American Southwest.

Divided into representative geologic provinces/areas, author Ralph Hopkins specifies distinct geologic or scenic features and provides information about what makes each province unique. He describes each hike from the perspective of the geologic evolution of the landscape while exploring basic geologic concepts and providing a framework for understanding the major forces that have shaped the land. Hopkins' stunning color photography brings the Four Corners Region to life in dazzling detail.

Editorial Reviews

Lake Powell Chronicle
What makes this book enjoyable and recommendable for both visitors and residents alike is the fact that Hopkins does not always go for the obvious. Yes, he includes four hikes in the Grand Canyon, as well as hikes in the well-known Zion and Bryce canyons, Arches and Cedar Breaks, but he also provides information on the more elusive trails…The book provides information on each hike that's valuable to both beginner and expert hiker….This is a book that belongs in the backpack-with only water, maps, and a camera more crucial-of any Southwest traveler.
Albuquerque Journal
Beautifully illustrated with numerous high-quality photographs and sketches…This book is a testament to Hopkins' love-and knowledge-of the land he calls home.
Deseret News
Just when you don't think there's room for another new hiking book in the West, another good one comes along ... even hikes you've done ae likely to seem different with some of the scientific details the author includes. An expert photographer, the author took some magnificent pictures.
Southwest Book Views
Every now and then a travel/guidebook comes along that is informative, technically correct and a pure pleasure to read. In the seemingly never-ending deluge of so-called guidebooks it is rare indeed to find one that warrants being added to your backpack and carried along on what promises to be a hot, dry trek, especially in the Four Corners area of the Colorado Plateau. This is such a book and well worth the weight.
Arizona Republic
Hopkins uses his gifts as a photographer to show you why you will want to go on many of these hikes.
New Mexico
The book is well laid out, with impressive graphics…Lots of maps illustrating geologic features and processes, and diagrams of cross-sections of sedimentary layers and stratigraphy make this books, with its clear and concise writing, a boon to the hiker in this unique area of the American Southwest, where geology defines the landscape so spectacularly.
Carson City Nevada Appeal
This is a book that will be treasured by hikers.
Sweat
Hiking the Southwest's Geology is a treasure…The book is resplendent with stunning photos.
Los Angeles Daily News
This text is interesting in that it focuses on the geological features of 50 hikes, providing the reader information no typically available in standard guidebooks…The Grand Canyon speaks quite nicely on its own.
Farmington (NM) Times
For those people who like to hike and love putting boot leather to dirt in search of geological wonders, [Hiking the Southwest's Geology] will prove to be a treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898868562
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Hiking Geology Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
934,143
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

RALPH HOPKINS is a naturalist, photographer, expedition leader, and owner of a photography business in New Mexico.

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