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Scott Baldridge presents a concise guide to the geology of the Southwestern U.S. Two billion years of Earth history are represented in the rocks and landscape of the Southwest U.S., creating natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Death Valley. This region is considered a geologist's "dream", attracting a large number of undergraduate field classes and amateur geologists. The volume will prove invaluable to students and will also appeal to anyone interested in the geology and landscape of the region's National Parks.Read more
- Was the first accessible and synoptic field guide to the Southwest USA
- Covers geology of the Southwest's National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Death Valley, Canyonlands, Guadalupe Mountains, Capital Reef, Mesa Verde
- Contains many illustrations and photos, and a colour plate section
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"The intended scope of this book is as majestic as the topic itself. Recommended." J.H. Beck, Boston College, CHOICE
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- Date Published: June 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521816397
- length: 314 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.63kg
- contains: 175 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Notes and abbreviations
1. Growth of a continent: formation and stabilization of continental lithosphere
2. Tantalizing time
3. The international connection: breakup of a supercontinent
4. Stability to orogeny: transformation of the Western Margin
5. Pangea! Collision with Gondwana
6. Deserts to dinosaurs
7. Western orogeny
8. The modern Southwest
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