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California rocks! : a guide to geologic sites in the Golden State

Author: Katherine J Baylor
Publisher: Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub., 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Californians live on the edge ... of a tectonic plate, that is. In this geologically tenuous location, where a tsunami, earthquake, or volcanic eruption is just another hazard, the rocks and landforms are dynamic too. From erupting geysers and boiling mud pots to collapsing sea arches and crawling landslides, California is a land in motion. In fact, rocks on the west side of the San Andreas Fault have moved  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine J Baylor
ISBN: 9780878425655 0878425659
OCLC Number: 489007126
Description: viii, 114 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Geologic time scale --
Plate tectonics and California --
Northeast California. Lava Beds National Monument: caves in basalt --
Mount Shasta: a stratovolcano --
Castle Crags State Park: exfoliation joints in granitic rock --
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park: a spring-fed waterfall --
Lassen Volcanic National Park: eruptions and boiling springs --
North Coast. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: Josephine Ophiolite --
Crescent City: tsunami country --
Patrick's Point State Park: Franciscan melange and younger rocks --
Cache Creek Natural Area: the great valley sequence --
Salt Point State Park: trace fossils --
San Francisco Bay Area. Sonoma Coast State Park: sea stacks --
Calistoga's Petrified Forest: petrified wood --
Napa Valley: terroir of wine --
Point Reyes National Seashore: The San Andreas Fault and the rocks it brought with it --
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: radiolarian chert and pillow basalt --
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve: young volcanics in the Coast Range --
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: California coal --
Mount Diablo State Park: trail through time --
Vasco Caves Regional Preserve: concretions in sandstone --
Mavericks Surf Break: seafloor topography --
San Gregorio State Beach: sea caves and trace fossils --
Bean Hollow State Beach: tafoni and graded bedding --
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve: the 1906 earthquake --
Almaden Quicksilver County Park: mercury mine --
Sierra Nevada. Sutter Buttes: a young volcanic center --
Empire Mine State Historic Park: hard rock gold mine --
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park: hydraulic mining of placer deposits --
Mather Regional Park: vernal pools --
Lake Tahoe: history of a basin --
Grover Hot Springs State Park: Sierra volcanics --
California State Mining and Mineral Museum: gemstones and gold --
Yosemite National Park: sculpting by water and ice --
Kings Canyon National Park: mineralogy of granite --
Sequoia National Park: caves in marble. Eastern Sierra. Bodie State Historic Park: gold mining ghost town --
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve: pillars of limestone --
Panum Crater: a very recent eruption --
Devils Postpile National Monument: columns in a lava flow --
Horseshoe Lake: carbon dioxide tree kill --
Hot Creek Geological Site: hot geysers in a cold creek --
Convict Lake: a roof pendant central coast --
Castle Rock State Park: tafoni weathering of sandstone --
Natural Bridges State Beach: coastal erosion --
Carmel River State Beach: submarine Monterey Canyon --
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: the salinian block and the carmelo formation --
Morro Bay State Park: a line of volcanic plugs --
Pinnacles National Monument: a volcano split by the San Andreas fault south coast --
Gaviota State Park: the Monterey formation --
Kern County Museum: black gold --
Red Rock Canyon State Park: miocene fossils --
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: transverse ranges --
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area: red conglomerates and fanglomerates --
Devils Punchbowl County Park: folded and faulted rocks --
La Brea Tar Pits: ice age fossils --
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park: landslides --
Crystal Cove State Park: marine terraces --
San Onofre State Beach: Cristianitos Fault --
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: sedimentary features along the beach trail --
Mission Trails Regional Park: mountain of granite --
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: rocks of the peninsular ranges --
Deserts. Death Valley National Park: salt flats in a closed basin --
Mojave National Preserve: sand dunes and volcanic tuff --
Joshua Tree National Park: rock weathering --
Salton Sea State Recreation Area: a saline lake --
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: flash floods.
Responsibility: Katherine J. Baylor.

Abstract:

Californians live on the edge ... of a tectonic plate, that is. In this geologically tenuous location, where a tsunami, earthquake, or volcanic eruption is just another hazard, the rocks and landforms are dynamic too. From erupting geysers and boiling mud pots to collapsing sea arches and crawling landslides, California is a land in motion. In fact, rocks on the west side of the San Andreas Fault have moved northward nearly 200 miles in the last 20 million years. With lively prose and beautiful photographs, California Rocks! explores sixty-five geologic sites at parks and other publicly accessible places. Learn why so many saber-toothed cats were preserved in La Brea Tar Pits, how hollow tubes formed in the flowing lava of Lava Beds National Monument, and what forms the big waves at Mavericks surf break.

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