Exploring the Highest Sierra

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Stanford University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 427 pages
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Written for the general reader with an interest in geology, natural history, and the early explorations of the highest part of California's Sierra Nevada range, this book is also an indispensable guide for visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and adjacent areas. Maps, photographs, and geologic guides help visitors understand the formation of the awesome natural features before them.

The region was one of the last parts of the United States to be explored, and it was only during the Civil War that the first scientific party attempted a reconnaissance map of the region. They discovered, in the process, that it included the highest mountain then in the United States, Mount Whitney. The book describes the arduous travels of the early explorers, including John C. Fremont and John Muir, and weaves the history of exploration together with modern geologic concepts to show the early naturalists' contributions to geologic thought. Throughout, all terms that may be unfamiliar to non-geologists are simply and succinctly defined, and the book is richly punctuated with anecdotes, tales, myths, and biographical sketches of colorful characters associated with the region.

The book is illustrated with some 224 early etchings and maps, modern photographs, and diagrams, including 44 maps that incorporate 12 historical charts dating back to the earliest explorations. A series of 15 maps (in color) of the region encompassing the parks, all at the same scale, feature such diverse aspects as the trails pioneered by John Muir, the extent of glacial ice during the Ice Age, and the location of geologic faults and epicenters. Geologic guides for the region's principal roads and trails define themileage of all lookouts and points of interest so that the visitor can examine the described features at first hand. The southern half (more than 100 males) of the John Muir trail lies within the region, and the book includes a geologic guide to this high-altitude wilderness trail.

  

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I shouldn't have rated this so poorly, because it delivers on its title and not a jot or tittle more. At least Moore acknowledges King's 'half-breed', mulatto, bi-racial, etc. family. Muir's ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION I
8
I
24
Fremont and Carson 23 The Pacific Railroad
88
King and Wheeler 98 The Scaling of Mount
161
Radiometric
176
METAMORPHIC ROCKS
189
Key to
202
Plutons and the Sierra Nevada Batholith 209 Making Room for
234
The Depth and Thickness of the Batholith 237 Analyzing the Granitic
259
CENOZOIC VOLCANIC ROCKS
273
The Extent of Glaciation in the High Country 289 Glacial Processes
310
The Crustal Structure of the Sierra 319 Faults in and near the Sierra
343
GEOLOGIC ROAD AND TRAIL GUIDES
357
Kings Canyon Highway State Route 180 360 State Route 198 and
388
References Cited
409
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Moore is Senior Research Geologist Emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California.

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