Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

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Univ of California Press, Jun 27, 2006 - Nature - 335 pages
Why does a bit of ocean floor lie on top of Mt. Diablo? Why is Red Rock, that small, knobby island in San Francisco Bay, red? Why is Loma Prieta high? This book is for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors who want to explore the geologic world of this spectacular area, to learn about its shapes, colors, and rocky foundations. Doris Sloan illuminates the colorful geologic mosaic that surrounds San Francisco Bay and lucidly explains the complex and fascinating processes that have forged it over millions of years.

In a lively and engaging style, Sloan describes forces such as the movement of tectonic plates, erosion, the waves on the coast, and human activity. She provides background information on the processes, time frame, and rocks that are the key to understanding the Bay Area landscape and geologic history, then turns to distinct regions of the Bay Area and to San Francisco Bay itself.

* Superbly illustrated with 139 color photographs, 41 drawings, and 29 maps

* Covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties

* Gives clear, nontechnical explanations of complex topics including plate tectonics and the Bay Area's fault systems

* Suggests locales in parks and open space preserves to view Bay Area geology in action
 

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User Review  - Beej415 - LibraryThing

A very satisfying introduction to the geology of the Bay Area. It includes a good introduction to basic geology, which I certainly needed. The book looks and feels like a field guide and I actually ... Read full review

Contents

Shaping the Landscape
10
The Dance of the Plates
28
Squeezing the Bay Area
40
THE REMARKABLE ROCKS
47
A DIVIDED LANDSCAPE 77
76
GEOLOGY
109
The City on the Dunes
119
On Top of the Basement Rocks
130
South Bay Faults and Structure
194
Special Places to Explore
208
A Young Landscape
218
The East Bay Fault System
228
Lifted Up and Slumping Down
255
Faults and Fault Slices
263
The North Bays Volcanoes
275
Rivers and Bay
283

Secrets of the Sediments
141
COAST
157
Faults That Carve Up the Peninsula
166
The Santa Clara Valley
187
Further Reading
295
Photo Credits
303
Index
315
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Doris Sloan is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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