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Windows into the Earth The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

ISBN-10: 0195105974
ISBN-13: 9780195105971
Edition: 2000
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Description: Millions of years ago, the North American continent was dragged over the world's largest continental hotspot (a hug column of molten rock rising from the earth's interior), tracing a 5 mile wide, 500 mile long path northeastward across Idaho and  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Millions of years ago, the North American continent was dragged over the world's largest continental hotspot (a hug column of molten rock rising from the earth's interior), tracing a 5 mile wide, 500 mile long path northeastward across Idaho and generating huge volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The hotspot lifted the Yellowstone Plateau to more than 7000 feet and pushed the Northern Rockies to new heights. This book is the story of those events and how the landscape of the two great national parks was shaped by earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers and, in the uplifted Rocky Mountains, mountain glaciers. The story is also a 'window' into the earth's interior, revealing the dynamic processes within.

Robert B. Smith (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1971) taught political sociology, research methods, and theory development at the University of California, Santa Barbara.nbsp; His research there focused on the social consequences of war, generalizations of path analysis, and computer simulations of social processes.nbsp; Since then, he has worked extensively in applied research.nbsp; His publications include articles on political and social processes, and on multilevel models bearing on human development.nbsp; He was the primary editor of the three volumes of the A Handbook of Social Science Methods, which link qualitative and quantitative methods, and he is the author of Cumulative Social Inquiry: Transforming Novelty into Innovation.nbsp; His recent research at the Cambridge-MIT Institute assesses student exchange programs and pedagogical experiments.nbsp; As senior statistician he worked on software for randomized trials, exact statistics, and Bayesian simulations at Cytel Inc., and is an advisory editor of Quality & Quantity.nbsp; He was a Fulbright lecturer in structural sociology at Ghent University, Belgium, and he has served as president of the Boston chapter of the American Statistical Association.nbsp; He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he directs his social structural research.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Land of Scenery and Violence
In the Wake of the Yellowstone Hotspot
Cataclysm! The Hotspot Reaches Yellowstone
How Yellowstone Works
The Broken Earth: Why the Tetons Are Grand
Ice over Fire: Glaciers Carve the Landscape
Future Disasters
Grand Teton Tour
Yellowstone Tour
Internet Sites
References
Index

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