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The restless Northwest : a geological story

Author: Hill Williams
Publisher: Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, 2002.
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"The Restless Northwest provides a brief, easy-to-follow overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest." "One of the attractions of the Northwest is its varied terrain, from the volcanic Cascade Range to the flood-scoured scablands of eastern Washington and the eroded peaks of the northern Rockies. These vast differences are the result of a collision of the old and the new. The western edge of Idaho
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Williams, Hill, 1926-
Restless Northwest.
Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, 2002
(OCoLC)647652373
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hill Williams
ISBN: 0874222508 9780874222500
OCLC Number: 49285663
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: The ancient Northwest : a puzzle assembled from around the world. A mirror image offshore ; Beneath a mile of water ; A continental split ; Head bone connected to the toe bone ; Wandering minicontinents ; Land on the move : Baja to British Columbia --
The modern Northwest : the landscape as we know it and how it got that way. Strike-slip faults and leaky fractures ; Separating east from west ; A deluge of lava ; The Ice Age arrives ; Glacial Lake Missoula floods ; Not if, but when.
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"The Restless Northwest provides a brief, easy-to-follow overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest." "One of the attractions of the Northwest is its varied terrain, from the volcanic Cascade Range to the flood-scoured scablands of eastern Washington and the eroded peaks of the northern Rockies. These vast differences are the result of a collision of the old and the new. The western edge of Idaho was once the edge of ancient North America; as eons passed, a jumble of islands, mini-continents, and sediment piled up against the old continental edge, gradually extending it west to the present coastline.".

"Hill Williams uses an informal conversational style to explain complex processes to a general readership. He enlivens the story of long-ago geologic events with fascinating asides on everything from enormous undersea tube worms to the Willamette meteorite, the largest ever found in the United States."--BOOK JACKET.

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Retired Seattle Times Science Writer, Hill Williams, presents a straight-forward and lucid discussion of the geologic activity that shaped the scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Designed for the casual reader, he explains complex processes in a conversational style. The book is enhanced with black-and-white...
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