Geology of the Sierra Nevada (California Natural History Guides)

Geology of the Sierra Nevada (California Natural History Guides)

Mary Hill

Writing with verve and readability, Mary Hill tells the tale of the fabulous Sierra Nevada—the longest, optimum, and such a lot astonishing mountain diversity within the contiguous usa. Hill takes us from the time sooner than the land which might be California even existed, in the course of the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more moderen background of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed.

The writer introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which inform the mountains' story, and explains how nature's forces, akin to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation shaped the range's world-renowned surroundings and mineral wealth, together with gold.

For thirty years, the 1st variation of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive consultant to the Sierra Nevada's geological historical past for nature enthusiasts, tourists, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This re-creation deals new chapters and sidebars and accommodates the concept that of plate tectonics in the course of the text.

* Written in easy-to-understand language for a large audience.

* supplies specified details on the place to view striking Sierra Nevada geology in many of the world's so much loved traditional treasures and nationwide parks, together with Yosemite.

* offers particular info on locations to work out glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and indicates of gold mines and mining gear, many from Gold Rush times.

* beautifully illustrated with 117 new colour illustrations, sixteen halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and likewise positive factors an easy-to-use, interactive key for deciding upon rocks and a word list of geological phrases.

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