Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Volcanoes, Seas, Sediments, and Erosion


Intended for the general reader, Missouri Geology is a well-illustrated introduction to the fascinating geology of Missouri. 

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Intended for the general reader, Missouri Geology is a well-illustrated introduction to the fascinating geology of Missouri. 

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 "The book leaves no major aspect of the state's geology untouched. . . . As a laymen's guide, Missouri Geology fills an empty niche in the literature of Missouri's natural history. It is a glove-compartment guide for anyone who has ever gazed, curious and uncomprehending, at the layer-cake formations in a highway cut or construction site."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This book is a 'popular geology' of Missouri. . . . It is authoritative and comprehensive, as well as up-to-date. Professional geologists traveling through Missouri or professors planning field trips will find it useful, and . . . beginning geology students and interested non-professionals should be able to read, understand, and learn."—Journal of Geological Education

"Tightly written and with no academic flab to speak of, Missouri Geology is well illustrated with photos and tables, managing a few surprises along the way. . . . But, the real pleasure in the book is not in the statistics or historical facts, but in learning why things in nature happen the way they do."—Columbia Daily Tribune

"If you want an up-to-date, comprehensive, general book that tells all, look into adding Missouri Geology by A. G. Unklesbay and Jerry D. Vineyard to your bookshelf. . . . The appeal of the book is that it reads easily enough that a person without geological education and without an in-person instructor could take this book and give himself a pretty sound basic education."—River Hills Traveler

"If you want to know more about the geology of Missouri, read Missouri Geology. . . . Written in non-technical language, the book is a combination of historical, cultural and economic aspects of an entrancing state."—St. Joseph News-Press

A popular exposition of the diverse geology of Missouri. Closely resembles books in the Roadside Geology series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826208361
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 987,073
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A.G. Unklesbay is a retired Professor of Geology and a former Vice President of Administration for the University of Missouri System.  He is author of numerous books including The Common Fossils of Missouri.

Jerry D. Vineyard is Deputy State Geologist of Missouri and Director of the Missouri State Water Plan.  He is author and coauthor of several books, including Springs of Missouri and Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri.

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Table of Contents

1 Rocks of Missouri 1
2 Reading the History 9
3 The Surface of Missouri 18
4 Structural Features 35
5 Karst 53
6 The Missouri Column 75
7 Mineral and Geologic Resources 138
Epilogue 171
Notes 173
Glossary 175
Bibliography 181
Museum List 185
Index 187
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