Montana's geologic history includes a long succession of disturbances that changed the rocks, then changed many of them again. Unraveling these events reveals a geologically quiet continent that got scrambled in a long and grinding collision with the Pacific crustal plate. Through detailed geologic maps and lively text, Roadside Geology of Montana deciphers the complicated rock record and uncovers each layer of Big Sky Country.
That's not all that's changed in this reader-friendly new edition: 50 percent of the photographs are new; all the maps have been updated; and seven new road guides lead you on spectacular trips--including Colorado 65, which crosses over the Grand Mesa. Chronic and Williams break Colorado into four digestible geographic regions: the Plains, the Rockies, the Plateaus, and the San Juans. The authors also guide you through several national treasures, including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
This introduction is an all-encompassing look at the Earth: how it was formed and how it works. It explores the emerging geological research and explains how new advances in the understanding of plate tectonics, seismology, and satellite imagery have enabled us to begin to see the Earth for what it is, a dynamic and ever changing planet. It introduces the concepts of plate tectonics, continental drift, the earth's structure, and sea-floor spreading.
Our review: "When I came across this little book for the first time in Bookshop Santa Cruz I almost paid full retail for it! I did go straight to the shop and order a bunch of copies. I'm not disappointed. Earth : A Very Short Introduction has become an instant favorite and one of my must have recommendations. Here's a little pocket size book that you can carry with you just about anywhere. It has great coverage of the principles of geology and is presented in a narrative style. This is a fun read, not a dry geological text."
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