Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

ISBN-10: 0520241266

ISBN-13: 9780520241268

Edition: 2005

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Why does a bit of ocean floor lie on top of Mt. Diablo? Why is Red Rock, that small, knobby island in San Francisco Bay, red? Why is Loma Prieta high? This book is for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors who want to explore the geologic world of this spectacular area, to learn about its shapes, colors, and rocky foundations. Doris Sloan illuminates the colorful geologic mosaic that surrounds San Francisco Bay and lucidly explains the complex and fascinating processes that have forged it over millions of years. In a lively and engaging style, Sloan describes forces such as the movement of tectonic plates, erosion, the waves on the coast, and human activity. She provides background information on the processes, time frame, and rocks that are the key to understanding the Bay Area landscape and geologic history, then turns to distinct regions of the Bay Area and to San Francisco Bay itself. * Superbly illustrated with 139 color photographs, 41 drawings, and 29 maps * Covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties * Gives clear, nontechnical explanations of complex topics including plate tectonics and the Bay Area's fault systems * Suggests locales in parks and open space preserves to view Bay Area geology in action
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Overview And Some Basic Geology To Set The Stage Introduction
The Setting And The Processes That Shape It
Human and Geologic Geological Processes
Shaping the Landscape At the Surface
Weathering and Erosion Where Sea Meets Land The Sand On (and Off) the Beach
The Plate Tectonic Framework
The Dance of the Plates California's Dynamic Past
The Bay Area's Network of Faults Squeezing the Bay Area
The Bay Area's Complex Structure
The Remarkable Rocks Of The Bay Area
The Foundation under our Feet
The 'Basement' Rocks
The World-Famous Franciscan Complex Assembling the Franciscan Great Valley Complex Salinian Complex
Visitor from Down South The Younger Rocks
Emerging from the Sea Tertiary Volcanoic Rocks At the Top of the Heap
Bay Area Geology
Marin County - A Divided Landscape
The San Andreas Fault West of the San Andreas Fault
Sierran Rocks in the Bay Area?
East of the San Andreas Fault
The Franciscan Complex
The Great Valley Complex
The Younger Rocks Some Special Places to Visit
The Marin Headlands Ring Mountain: the Bay Area's Unusual Metamorphic Rocks Mt. Tamalpais
Cross-Section through Subduction
San Francisco - Geology Beneath The Pavement
The Streams and Lakes that Once Were
The City on the Dunes Ice-Age Sand Modern
Sand along the Shore Under the City
The Rocky Foundation Alcatraz Terrane
Marin Headlands Terrane
San Bruno Mountain Terrane
Melange Zones On Top of the Basement Rocks
The Bay And The Islands
The Estuary and its Surprises Water that Flows 'Upstream'
Secrets of the Sediments
Early History of the Bay Marshes and Plains
Around the Bay Islands in the Bay: the Drowned Landscape
The Peninsula: Coast, Redwoods, And Bay
The Coastal Landscape
The Land Uplifted Down to the Sea Faults
That Carve Up the Peninsula
The Basement Rocks A Record of Past Seas
The Youngest Rocks of the Peninsula
The South Bay
The Valley That Was: The Santa Clara Valley South Bay Faults and Structure
The South Bay's Diverse Rocks
The Basement Rocks
The South Bay Tertiary Rocks
From Sea to Land Volcanic Rocks
Special Places to Explore Alum Rock Park
The Bay Area's Hot Spring Resort Almaden Quicksilver County Park
The East Bay
A Young Landscape The Delta, a Subsided Marsh Creeks that Go the Long Way Round
The East Bay Fault System
The Hayward Fault Rocks Old and Young
The Mesozoic Subduction Record From Sea to Land
The Livermore Valley Special Places to Explore Mount Diablo State
Park Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
The East Bay Hills
The North Bay
The Sonoma Coast: Lifted Up and Slumping Down Faults and Fault Slices
The Hole in the Head Assembling the North Bay
The Basement Rocks
The Salinian Block Across the Fault Sidebar
Goat Rock State Beach After Subduction Ended
The North Bay's Volcanic Eruptions Rivers and Bay
Further Reading
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