Rise and Fall of San Diego: 150 Million Years of History Recorded in Seditientary Rocks

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Rise and Fall of San Diego tells the prehistory of the San Diego area as recorded in the layers of sedimentary rocks. The land here has risen and fallen independently from the sea level which also has risen and fallen. The ever-changing landscapes and animal life through time are examined in this book. Numerous field-trips direct the reader to key localities to observe and understand the history stored in the rocks.

Author Patrick L. Abbott has been a Professor of the Department of the Geological Studies, San Diego State University for the last 20 years. Over 60 articles in various publications and more than 20 published books have given him a deserved reputation as a prolific author and a recognized authority on the geology of San Diego County. He is a popular lecturer and field-trip guide who is frequently called upon by the media to interpret geological phenomena to San Diego residents.

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What People Are Saying

Sarah Gray
Pat Abbott understands first-hand that the most effective way for people to understand geologic principles is to go out into the field and to read the story that the rocks tell. Pat Abbott's book, The Rise and Fall of San Diego: 150 Years of Recorded History in Sedimentary Rocks, fills an important niche. It provides a bridge between general geology textbooks, scientific journal articles, and professional geologic field guides that is accessible to non-geologists and up-to-date. Abbott is the perfect person to fill this niche. Not only has he conducted extensive research on San Diego geologic history and edited countless professional field trip guides, but, most importantly, he's spent many years teaching students how to interpret the geologic history that the rocks tell. Abbott's approach is to guide the reader through time and to illustrate the major periods in the geologic history of San Diego with a field trip. Clear illustrations, maps and photographs, make the field trips easy to follow and the concepts come alive. So lace up your hiking boots, put on your sunscreen and read the rocks!
Shannon O'Dunn
.This well-paced narrative on San Diego's geologic development entices the reader to 'go and see'-an important contribution to the natural history literature of the region.
Tom Demere
.Pat Abbott has distilled his many years of geological fieldwork into a book that offers the reader the opportunity to experience firsthand the unique geologic history of our region. Dr. Abbott has selected the best mini-fieldtrips to illustrate the key aspect of that history.
William A. Nierenberb
This is a marvelous geological description of the San Diego area written by the acknowledged savant of the region. It is written for the enthusiastic amateur and is a wonderful guide to the pathways and byways of San Diego. The professional geologist will also find the work useful, both as a guide and teaching instrument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932653314
  • Publisher: Sunbelt Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Sunbelt Natural History Books
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 412,240
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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