Geology of the Sierra Nevada, Revised Edition

Geology of the Sierra Nevada, Revised Edition


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The Revised Edition of Mary Hill's popular book on the Geology of the Sierra Nevada published in April 2006. One of the California Natural History Guides, this volume makes a potentially dull subject come alive with clear descriptions of geomorphology, history, maps, drawings and color photographs.

Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada - the longest highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. She 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. For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geologic history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text.

  • 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.
  • Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps.
  • Features and easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geologic terms.
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