Geology of the Sierra Nevada

ISBN-10: 0520236963

ISBN-13: 9780520236967

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada--the longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed. The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold. For thirty years, the first edition ofGeology of the Sierra Nevadahas been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text. Written in easy-to-understand language for a wide audience. Gives detailed information on where to view outstanding Sierra Nevada geology in some of the world's most beloved natural treasures and national parks, including Yosemite. Provides specific information on places to see glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and exhibits of gold mines and mining equipment, many from Gold Rush times. Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 468
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Ever-Changing Sierra
Geological Features and Where to See Them
Do-It-Yourself Rock Identification Key
Tables of Geological Features
Maps of Geological Sights
Geology: Of Time and Rocks
The Range Today
Being First
Plate Tectonics Puts the Sierra Nevada in Its Place
Seas of Long Ago
Great Is Granite
Treasures from the Earth
Landscapes of Yesteryear
Days of Fire
Days of Ice
Mono Lake: The "Dead Sea" of the West
The Yosemite "Problem"
The Mountains Tremble
Coda
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Quotation References
Figure References
Plate Credits
Index
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