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
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
Description: Eastern California boasts the greatest dryland relief in the contiguous United States, between 14,499-foot Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada and minus-282-foot Badwater Basin in Death Valley. That relief offers a rich variety of environments--and spectacular geology. Through driving and walking tours, Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley provides an on-the-ground look at the processes sculpting the terrain in this land of extremes.
Illustrated with photographs, maps, and diagrams, each geological vignette weaves the tale of a particular scene, feature, or relationship in the landscape. Some sketches ponder questions that have puzzled geologists: what formed the turtlebacks in the Black Mountains and how do stones mysteriously slide on desolate Racetrack Playa? Others spotlight the role of volcanoes and earthquakes as landscape artists: the superb lava columns of Devil's Postpile, the massive steam explosion at Ubehebe Crater, and fault scarps that shape a golf course's greens. Still others focus on less obvious but equally powerful geologic processes: boulders shattered by salt crystals and rocks blasted by windblown sand. Together, these snapshots introduce readers to eastern California's rich, dynamic geology.
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