A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Edition 1

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A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Harry L. Moore

"In this informative, readable, altogether useful guide, Harry Moore adds another dimension to our understanding and appreciation of the Great Smoky Mountains.  He acquaints us skillfully with the geologist's terminology and shows us how to read for ourselves the ancient language of the rocks."
—Wilma Dykeman

"Everybody loves the plants, trees, birds, mammals, and even the reptiles, amphibians, and insects of the Great Smokies.  But rocks are not less fascinating, alive in their own way, the foundation of all the rest of life.  So I think it's great to have this guide as a companion on the trail."
—Michael Frome

Guiding the reader on five popular driving tours and five key hiking trails, this nontechnical guidebook indicates not-to-be-missed points of interest and describes the geological evolution associated with them.  Tour maps are complemented by annotated road log commentaries and copious drawings and photographs to aid in identifying geological phenomena even when these are obscured by the mountains' lush vegetation.
A helpful introduction, focusing on the geologic history of the Smokies, illuminates basic terms and concepts, while a glossary, list of suggested readings, and detailed index further enhance the book's utility.  Unique in providing a crisp, comprehensive summary of the Smoky Mountains' geology, A Roadside Guide will serve as a basic planning guide for scenic road trips and hiking trips in the Smokies.

Harry L. Moore holds a master's degree in geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Since 1972 he has been a geologist at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
$8.95. earth sci Among the many titles on regions, states, and parks, this guide by a geologist follows the usual pattern: a couple of introductory chapters on geologic terms, history, etc., with the bulk of the work devoted to the main roads in the park. An unusual quality of this guide is the inclusion of a few hiking trails, ranging from a half-mile to four miles. Descriptions of features, distant and along roads and trails, are clear. There is a decent glossary. U.S. Geological Survey publications are more detailed in analyzing geological structures and history, but less detailed on roadside outcrops and other features. Walter C. Allen, formerly with GSLIS, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870495588
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1988
  • Edition description: 1ST ED.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,449,744
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry L. Moore holds a master's degree in geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Since 1972 he has been a geologist at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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