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California Geology - 2nd edition

California Geology (ISBN10: 013100218X; ISBN13: 9780131002180)
ISBN13: 978-0131002180
ISBN10: 013100218X

Summary: 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 more.
  • 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. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 11/04/2003
International: No

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