The Restless Northwest: A Geological Story

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"The Restless Northwest provides a brief, easy-to-follow overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest." "One of the attractions of the Northwest is its varied terrain, from the volcanic Cascade Range to the flood-scoured scablands of eastern Washington and the eroded peaks of the northern Rockies. These vast differences are the result of a collision of the old and the new. The western edge of Idaho was once the edge of ancient North America; as eons passed, a jumble of islands, mini-continents, and sediment piled up against the ...
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Overview

"The Restless Northwest provides a brief, easy-to-follow overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest." "One of the attractions of the Northwest is its varied terrain, from the volcanic Cascade Range to the flood-scoured scablands of eastern Washington and the eroded peaks of the northern Rockies. These vast differences are the result of a collision of the old and the new. The western edge of Idaho was once the edge of ancient North America; as eons passed, a jumble of islands, mini-continents, and sediment piled up against the old continental edge, gradually extending it west to the present coastline." Hill Williams uses an informal conversational style to explain complex processes to a general readership. He enlivens the story of long-ago geologic events with fascinating asides on everything from enormous undersea tube worms to the Willamette meteorite, the largest ever found in the United States.
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Formerly a science writer for the Seattle Times, Williams has produced a fascinating account of the geology of the Pacific Northwest, written for the general reader. Maps, drawings, and b&w photos provide illustration. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874222500
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 823,817
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Pacific Northwest Geological Timeline
Pt. I The Ancient Northwest: A Puzzle Assembled from Around the World
1 A Mirror Image Offshore 1
2 Beneath a Mile of Water 15
3 A Continental Split 21
4 Head Bone Connected to the Toe Bone 31
5 Wandering Minicontinents 37
6 Land on the Move: Baja to British Columbia 49
Pt. II The Modern Northwest: The Landscape as We Know It and How It Got That Way
7 Strike-Slip Faults and Leaky Fractures 63
8 Separating East from West 75
9 A Deluge of Lava 93
10 The Ice Age Arrives 107
11 Glacial Lake Missoula Floods 117
12 Not If, But When 135
Pacific Northwest Geological Almanac 151
Glossary of Geological Terms 155
Index 159
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