Geology of the Sierra Nevada: Revised Edition
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
DAYS OF FIRE
DAYS OF ICE
MONO LAKE THE DEAD SEA OF THE WEST
THE YOSEMITE PROBLEM
THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE
Other editions - View all
andesite basalt Basin batholith boulders calcareous rock Caldera California called Canyon carbon cave cirque cliﬀ climbed contain cooled County Craters Creek crest crust crystals dark minerals deposits diﬀerent Earth earthquake eastern side erosion eruption example fault feldspar ﬁeld ﬁg ﬁlled ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂoor ﬂuid fossil fragments geologists glacial polish glaciers gold grains granite granitic rock gravel Half Dome Hill Ice Age igneous rocks King Lake map land landscape lava lava flow lava ﬂows layers Long Valley Long Valley Caldera magma mantle map 9 melted metamorphic rock mica miles million years ago mining Mono Lake moraine Mount Whitney mountains Muir North ocean oﬀ Owens Paciﬁc Peak peridotite plate tectonics plutons Postpile pumice quartz range rhyolite ridge River sedimentary serpentine Sierra Nevada skull snow stream subduction surface Tahoe tufa Tuolumne volcanic ash western Whitney’s Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley zone