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 fascinating geological story. Written by a passionate and 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 landscapes and environments. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features such as Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Smith ...

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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 fascinating geological story. Written by a passionate and 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 landscapes and environments. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features such as Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Steens Mountain, the Columbia River Gorge, and Cannon Beach, and scenic, not so well known places such as Jordan Craters, Leslie Gulch, Abert Rim, Hells Canyon, Elkhorn Mountains, and Three Fingered Jack. Each of the more than 220 stunning photographs is accompanied by readable text, presenting the story of how Oregon's diverse landscapes 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. The combination of extraordinary photographs and the author's lucid explanations make this book both unique and essential for those curious about our own contemporary landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
Choice
"Highly recommended."

—J. M. Dahl, Choice, April 2004

Oregonian
"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

From the Publisher
"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: 9780881927894
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 380,427
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.88 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    A detailed view of Oregon geology and natural history

    The text is scholarly, detailed, and somewhat technical but not too overwhelming, even for someone like me with a technical rather than geology background. I bought the book for the photographs which illustrate the author's discussion and are very well done. The book quality is very good for a paperback edition. The paper feel is rich and substantial. I would recommend the book for those with an interest in the subject.

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