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California Geology

California Geology - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0131002180

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ISBN13: 978-0131002180
ISBN10: 013100218X

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No
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California Geology - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131002180

Deborah Harden

ISBN13: 978-0131002180
ISBN10: 013100218X

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

For a one-semester introductory course in California Geology. No prerequisites required.

With plate tectonics as a central theme, this text is intended to acquaint non-geologists with California geology. Introduces basic principles in the beginning of the text and works toward a unifying picture of California geology.


  • NEW-Chapter summaries at the end of each chapter.
  • NEW-Tables of highlights for each province.
  • NEW-A focus on national and state parks in each province.
  • NEW-Increased and improved treatment of Southern California.
  • Text can stand alone as a useful tool for non-geologists and geology students--Covering basic principles of geology without the expectation of previous geological experience.
  • Examples--Of catastrophic natural disasters, excerpts from California history, illustrations of mining methods, and discussions of the societal impacts of geologic processes bring the lessons of geology closer to the everyday context of California life.
  • Organization.
    • Chapters 1-4 provides an overview of physical geology as it relates to California.
    • Chapters 5-8 introduces major features of specific provinces or important regional process (because some features and processes cross over province boundaries).
    • Chapters 19 and 20 assemble a unifying picture of the state's geology.
  • Pays particular attention to maps and diagrams--Which are simplified to aid geographic literacy.
  • Further reading suggestions--Are current and include both general and technical suggestions.

Table of Contents


1. Plate Tectonics and California.
2. California's Rocks and Minerals.
3. Geologic Time, Dating Earth Materials, and California Fossils--Basics of Faults and Folds.
4. Geologic Maps and Sources of Information Including Web Sites.


5. Young Volcanoes: The Cascades, the Modoc Plateau, and the Long Valley Caldera.
6. California's Deserts: Climate, Changing Environments, and Resources.
7. The Basin and Range and Mojave Desert: Old Rocks and Young Faults.
8. The Sierra Nevada: Granite, Gold, and Glaciers.
9. The Klamath Mountains: Accreted Terranes and a View of the Mantle.
10. Water in California.
11. The Great Valley: Sediments and Soils.
12. The Coast Ranges: Mountains of Complexity.
13. Earthquakes, Faults, and Seismic Safety.
14. The San Andreas Fault System.
15. The California Coast.
16. The Transverse Ranges, The Los Angeles Basin, and the Offshore Islands: Compression and Rapid Change.
17. The Peninsular Ranges.


18. The Evolution of California Through Geologic Time.
19. Geology and California Citizens--Including Resources, Hazardous Geologic Processes, Climate Change, Changing Calif. Landscape.
Place Index.
Subject Index.


Plate 1. Geologic Map of California.
Plate 2. Fault Map of California.
Plate 3. Digital Shaded Relief Map of California.
Plate 4. Map Showing Major Mountain Ranges, Streams, Lakes, Highways, and Cities of California.