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Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0878423620

Cover of Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley 97 (ISBN 978-0878423620)
ISBN13: 978-0878423620
ISBN10: 0878423621
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Co., Inc.
Published: 1997
International: No

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Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0878423620

Robert P. Sharp and Allen F. Glazner

ISBN13: 978-0878423620
ISBN10: 0878423621
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Co., Inc.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Eastern California boasts the greatest dryland relief in the contiguous United States, between 14,499-foot Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada and minus-282-foot Badwater Basin in Death Valley. That relief offers a rich variety of environments--and spectacular geology. Through driving and walking tours, Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley provides an on-the-ground look at the processes sculpting the terrain in this land of extremes.

Illustrated with photographs, maps, and diagrams, each geological vignette weaves the tale of a particular scene, feature, or relationship in the landscape. Some sketches ponder questions that have puzzled geologists: what formed the turtlebacks in the Black Mountains and how do stones mysteriously slide on desolate Racetrack Playa? Others spotlight the role of volcanoes and earthquakes as landscape artists: the superb lava columns of Devil's Postpile, the massive steam explosion at Ubehebe Crater, and fault scarps that shape a golf course's greens. Still others focus on less obvious but equally powerful geologic processes: boulders shattered by salt crystals and rocks blasted by windblown sand. Together, these snapshots introduce readers to eastern California's rich, dynamic geology.

Author Bio

Sharp, Robert P. : California Institute of Technology

Robert P. Sharp first visited Death Valley and Owens Valley as a child around 1920, and he continues to lead geology field trips to the area. Sharp is professor emeritus at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and received the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America. He and Allen Glazner cowrote Geology Underfoot in Southern California (Mountain Press, 1993).



Glazner, Allen F. : University of North Carolina

Allen F. Glazner holds a Ph.D. in geology from University of California, Los Angeles, and as a graduate student co-wrote a guidebook to the geology of the Mojave Desert. The Samuel Shephard Jones Professor of Geology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Glazner continues his research in the Owens Valley and the Mojave Desert.



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