Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California

Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California

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Overview

California's geology makes headlines when faults shift, volcanoes puff steam, and coastal bluffs fall into the sea. The latest edition of this popular book explores the state's recent rumblings and tremulous past with the aid of full color illustrations, Spectacular photographs showcase multihued rock, from red chert and green serpentinite to blue schist and gray granite. The color geologic road maps, based on the 2010 Geologic Map of California, are detailed and easy to read. The geologic information, particularly for the Klamath Mountains, Modoc Plateau, and northern Sierra Nevada, has been updated to reflect the more recent geologic understanding of these complex areas. For your next road trip, replace your tattered, dog-eared copy of the old edition with this gorgeous new volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878426706
Publisher: Mountain Press
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Sales rank: 254,205
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Dave Alt and Don Hyndman started the popular and long-lived Roadside Geology series in the 1970s, with the publication of Roadside Geology of Northern California in 1975. Dave Alt passed away in 2015, but his passion for teaching and his wry humor carry on in this revision.

Donald W. Hyndman is dedicated to bringing geology to the general public, and cofounded the popular Roadside Geology series. He has written a number of the series titles with coauthor David Alt, and helps edit others.

Katherine Baylor holds degrees in geology and geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Berkeley and works as a hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kathy has traveled to over forty countries but always returns to California where she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking with her friends and family.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Preface to the First Edition x

1 Introduction 1

Plate Tectonics 1

Tale of Three Trenches 4

San Andreas Fault 5

Basin and Range 5

High Cascades 6

Whither California? 6

2 Sierra Nevada 9

Subduction and Obduction 9

Stacked Terranes 12

Sierra Nevada Batholith 18

Glaciers 23

Gold 25

Sierra Nevada Road Guides 31

Interstate 80: Sacramento-Reno 31

US 50: Sacramento-Carson City 36

CA 20: Marysville-Emigrant Gap 41

CA 41: Fresno-Yosemite National Park 45

CA 49: Mariposa-Placerville 49

CA 49: Placerville-Sierraville 56

CA 70: Feather River Road, Marysville-Hallelujah Junction 65

CA 89: South Lake Tahoe-Graeagle 74

Lake Tahoe 77

CA 140: Merced-Yosemite National Park 81

Yosemite National Park 84

CA 180: Fresno-Kings Canyon National Park 89

3 Klamath Mountains 93

Terranes 93

Mining 103

Klamath Mountains Roadguides 105

Interstate 5: Redding-Dunsmuir 105

Interstate 5: Dunsmuir-Oregon 109

US 199: Crescent City-Oregon 115

CA 299: Areata-Redding 119

4 Coast Range 129

Franciscan Complex 129

Great Valley Sequence 134

Plate Boundaries 136

Younger Rocks 140

Earthquakes 140

Landslides 146

Where Water Meet Land 148

Point Reyes National Seashore 155

San Francisco Bay Area 159

Roads North of the Bay Area 171

US 101: San Francisco-Leggett 171

US 101: Leggett-Eureka 177

US 101: Eureka-Oregon 181

CA 1: Golden Gate-Point Arena 186

CA 1: Point Arena-Leggett 193

CA 20: Calpella-Williams 197

CA 29: Vallejo-Lakeport 205

Roads South of the Bay Area 210

US 101: San Francisco-Salinas 210

US 101: Salinas-San Luis Obispo 216

CA 25: CA 198-Hollister 220

CA 41: Morro Bay-Interstate 5 223

CA 58: Santa Margarita-Interstate 5 228

CA 1: San Francisco-Monterey 234

CA 1: Monterey-San Luis Obispo 244

5 The Great Valley 253

The Trench Shifts West 254

Great Valley Road Guides 257

Interstate 5: Sacramento-Redding 257

Interstate 5: Sacramento-US 99 263

Interstate 80: San Francisco-Sacramento 269

6 High Cascades on the Modoc Plateau 273

Volcanic Rocks 274

Shasta 278

Lassen Volcanic National Park 279

Medicine Lake Volcano and Lava Beds National Monument 288

High Cascades and the Modoc Plateau Road Guides 294

US 97: Weed-Oregon 294

CA 36: Red Bluff-Susanville 297

US 395: Susanville-Oregon 304

Surprise Valley Side Trip 308

CA 299: Redding-Fall River Mills 311

CA 299: Fall River Mills-Alturas 316

7 Basin and Range 321

Normal Faults 322

Long Valley Caldera 322

Desert Landscape 325

Basin and Range Road Guides 326

US 395: Bishop-Nevada 326

US 395: Reno-Susanville 343

Glossary 347

Selected Reading 352

Index 359

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