Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah

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Mountain Press Pub. Company, 2006 - Science - 286 pages
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Standing before any of southern Utah's enigmatic landforms, it's clear, there's a story here. What carved the goblins in Goblin Valley, the domes at Capitol Reef, the towering sandstone walls of Zion Canyon, and Bryce's hoodoo fairyland, not to mention all those arches and natural bridges? _Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah_ explores the stories behind 33 sites - some world-famous, others off the beaten path. Marvel at tales of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, and swamps; the movements of massive rock units over eons; and the rock's interactions with the life above it, including humankind. Along the way, visit dinosaur trackways, old mines, rock glaciers, oysters in the desert, and much more. Includes 146 black-and-white photographs, 31 maps, 37 black-and-white figures, bibliography, glossary, and index.

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User Review  - Ben Davis - Goodreads

Interesting at points, but at others a bit dry. Geology is always pretty interesting because almost everything else is built upon some sort of earth. Numerous sites are mentioned and explained. Read full review

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User Review  - Stan Paulsen - Goodreads

Very nicely written and independent chapters allow reading on specific topics of interest. After having this book 2 days my kids and I saw some very cool dinosaur tracks right off the road I was driving on anyway. Very handy to have. Read full review


Snow Canyon State Park I
St George Dinosaur Discovery Site atohnson Farm
Parowan Gap

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Richard L. Orndorff, a faculty member in the Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University, is coauthor of Geology Underfoot in Central Nevada and Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah, published by Mountain Press.

Paleontologist and biologist Bob Wieder spent so much time in Death Valley, California, that friends christened him "Badwater Bob." Bob taught himself guitar on the tailgate of his pickup truck and now wanders the high plateaus of Utah, entertaining folks around the campfire and playing for tips in local bars.

David G. Futey is an author and photographer; he treks the wilds of Utah whenever possible, seeking out hikes at high elevation for the good air. He is a coauthor of Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah. He spends his happiest moments with his wife, Susan, daughter, Mary, and son, Evan.

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