California is one of the most geologically varied and beautiful settings on
the Earth's surface. This unique "geohiking" guide leads you to fantastic trails
showcasing its features of geological interest and explains how the forces
of nature shaped our landscape.
Trails range from family walks on nature trails or guided cave tours to more
challenging mountain treks. Full directions and difficulty ratings are included
plus options for activities ranging from viewing wildflowers or sea life to
visiting historical sites.
Whether geologist is you passion, or you're "geologically challenged," this
book "rocks!" The authors' engaging and vivid descriptions of the flora, fauna
and natural and human history of the sites offer many opportunities for memorable
Twenty-five years after writing the groundbreaking Roadside Geology of Northern California, David Alt and Donald W. Hyndman have written an entirely new book--with expanded coverage, new photos and maps, and the latest interpretations of California's turbulent rocks. Geologic road guides include tours of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Kings Canyon National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the San Francisco Bay area. Learn about earthquake prediction, gold mining, pillow basalts, cinder cones, and more with this book as your guide.
The Eastern Sierra is a dramatic, unusual, mountain-and-desert region in eastern
California and western Nevada that includes two famous resorts, Lake Tahoe
and Mammoth Lakes. It is a world apart from the lands west of the Sierra Nevada,
and the contributors to this lavishly illustrated natural history provide a
marvelous introduction to the wonderland that makes up the Eastern Sierra.
As the eastern slope of the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada merges with the western
edge of the Great Basin, desert valleys of long summers and snow-spangled mountains
of long winters lie side by side. The region's unique features include altitudes
ranging from 2,800 feet at Redrock Canyon to 14,494 feet at the top of Mount
Whitney; the merging of three biogeographic regions: the Sierra Nevada, the
Great Basin Desert, and the Mojave Desert; and the resulting extraordinary
diversity of plant and animal life. The book contains chapters on the region's
geologic story, weather and climate, plant communities, arthropods, native
fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The authors emphasize relationships
and the ingenious ways that plant and animal life have evolved and adapted
to the Eastern Sierra's harsh environments. Maps, diagrams, photographs, and
exceptional drawings illustrate the text. Written with few technical terms, Sierra
East is a fine source book for the layperson and students on university
The Field Guide to Geology, Updated Edition tells the fascinating story of the Earth in a vivid, engaging fashion. Covering a variety of topics, the book includes information on how matter, stars, and the solar system evolved; how the Earth acquired its shape and surface; the structures of the Earth's crust; the major forms of igneous rock and the processes by which all rocks are created; the relationship between soil and rock erosion and the flow of rivers; and the effect of ice and wind on the Earth's surface
Featuring more than 500 two-color maps, charts, and other illustrations, comprehensive appendixes on geologists and their accomplishments, a worldwide listing of geologic displays, and a bibliography, the gook is a fine introduction for readers to understand the course of the Earth's evolution.
An excellent general introduction to mountains, Mountains contains fascinating facts to engage the mind and fabulous photos to delight the eye. One of the book's most compelling features is its general approach, focusing on various mountains and ranges around the world. Among the many areas covered in Mountains are mountain formation, mountain ecosystems, sacred mountains around the world, and the history of tourism activities in mountain areas.
Mountains also contains a map of all the mountains discussed and recommendations for further reading.
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