Geology of the Sierra Nevada: Revised Edition

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University of California Press, May 15, 2006 - Science - 468 pages
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Writing with verve and clarity, Mary Hill tells the story of the magnificent Sierra Nevada—the longest, highest, and most spectacular mountain range in the contiguous United States. Hill takes us from the time before the land which would be California even existed, through the days of roaring volcanoes, violent earthquakes, and chilling ice sheets, to the more recent history of the Sierra's early explorers and the generations of adventuresome souls who followed.

The author introduces the rocks of the Sierra Nevada, which tell the mountains' tale, and explains how nature's forces, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, faulting, erosion, and glaciation formed the range's world-renowned scenery and mineral wealth, including gold.

For thirty years, the first edition of Geology of the Sierra Nevada has been the definitive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history for nature lovers, travelers, hikers, campers, and armchair explorers. This new edition offers new chapters and sidebars and incorporates the concept of plate tectonics throughout the text.

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

* Gives detailed information on where to view outstanding Sierra Nevada geology in some of the world's most beloved natural treasures and national parks, including Yosemite.

* Provides specific information on places to see glaciers and glacial deposits, caves, and exhibits of gold mines and mining equipment, many from Gold Rush times.

* Superbly illustrated with 117 new color illustrations, 16 halftones, 39 line illustrations, and 12 maps, and also features an easy-to-use, interactive key for identifying rocks and a glossary of geological terms.
 

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Contents

DAYS OF FIRE
259
DAYS OF ICE
289
MONO LAKE THE DEAD SEA OF THE WEST
321
THE YOSEMITE PROBLEM
335
THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE
363
CODA
393
GLOSSARY
395
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
423

BEING FIRST
95
PLATE TECTONICS PUTS THE SIERRA NEVADA IN ITS PLACE
129
SEAS OF LONG AGO
149
GREAT IS GRANITE
177
TREASURES FROM THE EARTH
211
LANDSCAPES OF YESTERYEAR
241
QUOTATION REFERENCES
427
FIGURE REFERENCES
431
PLATE CREDITS
435
INDEX
437
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Geologist Mary Hill is the author of Gold: The California Story (California, 2002) and California Landscape: Origin and Evolution (California, 1984). She is coauthor of Volcanic Eruptions of 1980 at Mount St. Helens: The First 100 Days (1982). Longtime editor of the magazine California Geology, she was later Western Region Information Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at San Francisco State University.

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