In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History

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Geology is an extremely visual subject, and In Search of Ancient Oregon is a beautifully photographed, expertly written account of Oregon's geological story. Written by a professional geologist who has spent countless hours in the field exploring and photographing the state, In Search of Ancient Oregon is a book for all those interested in Oregon's present and past landscapes, plants, animals, and climates. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features, including Mount Hood, Crater Lake, ...
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Overview

Geology is an extremely visual subject, and In Search of Ancient Oregon is a beautifully photographed, expertly written account of Oregon's geological story. Written by a professional geologist who has spent countless hours in the field exploring and photographing the state, In Search of Ancient Oregon is a book for all those interested in Oregon's present and past landscapes, plants, animals, and climates. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features, including Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Steens Mountain, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon's rugged coast, as well as scenic and more remote places, including Diamond Craters, the Owyhees, Abert Rim, Hells Canyon, the Wallowas, and Three Fingered Jack. Clear writing accompanies the more than 215 photographs. Finally, here is a book that tells the tale of how Oregon's diverse landscapes, climates, and wildlife evolved - and what we may expect in the future.

Until now, no book has presented this dynamic story in a way that everyone interested in Oregon's natural history can easily understand. Extraordinary photographs and the author's explanations make this book unique and essential for those curious about our own contemporary landscape.

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From the flat Coast Range to the Blue Mountains and the Owyfree Uplands, the Oregon landscape has been shaped and cut by plate tectonics and millions of years of volcanic upheaval. Ellen Morris Bishop, a professional geologist and veteran travel writer, presents the successive epochs of Oregon's 400 million-year landscape history in a reader-friendly text enhanced by over 220 photographs.
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"Highly recommended."

—J. M. Dahl, Choice, April 2004

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"Bishop guides us through Oregon's formative epochs with the sure hand of a scientist who's comfortable communication beyond the often arcane confines of science."

—John Terry, Oregonian, September 29, 2003

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"The author's photos bring the story of Oregon's landscapes to life."
Publishers Weekly, September 22, 2003
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881925906
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Morris Bishop received her Ph.D. in geology at Oregon State University, following postgraduate study at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego. She has conducted research, published scientific articles, and taught geology and environmental sciences for Eastern Oregon University, Lewis and Clark College, and Marylhurst University. In previous years she wrote a science column for The Oregonian and served as the science reporter for Vancouver, Washington's The Columbian. Ellen also has substantial training and experience as a professional photographer. She has worked as a photojournalist for several papers throughout the Northwest, and her landscape photos have been used and displayed by the Sierra Club, Oregon Natural Resources Council, and the Nature Conservancy.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 8
Ch. 1 In the Beginning 12
Ch. 2 Paleozoic - Oregon's oldest rocks 18
Ch. 3 Triassic - The Blue Mountain island arc builds tropical islands 36
Ch. 4 Jurassic - Age of intrusions 52
Ch. 5 Cretaceous - Mountains, rivers, and wave-swept beaches 66
Ch. 6 Paleocene - Mammals take center stage 78
Ch. 7 Eocene - Oregon's first native volcanoes 84
Ch. 8 Oligocene - A familiar landscape takes form 104
Ch. 9 Early and Middle Miocene - Lavas blanket Oregon 126
Ch. 10 Late Miocene - Mountains rise, the climate cools, and grass reigns supreme 168
Ch. 11 Pliocene - Sculpting today's landscapes 188
Ch. 12 Pleistocene - High Cascade volcanoes versus glaciers 198
Ch. 13 Holocene - Humans, earthquakes, and eruptions 230
Epilogue 254
Map of Oregon 260
Conversion Tables 262
Glossary 263
References, Recommended Reading & Web Sites 272
Acknowledgments 276
Notes on the Photography 277
Index 279
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