"Truly spectacular. Convincingly shows what the ancient Southwest may have looked like. Text is lucidly written. A masterful presentation. Take this book along on your next trip and you'll be able to relive the past." --Albert W. Bally
A wonderful book combining stunning paleogeographic maps with engaging text. Easy-to-understand text eloquently summarizes the major characteristics of the rock formations and the changing depositional environments they represent. --James Kirkland
There is no finer reference than this beautifully illustrated masterpiece. Blakey and Ranney deserve high praise for thoroughly integrating so many diverse and detailed geologic studies into an elegant and easily understood story. --Mark Longman
I'm roughly 1/3 of the way through and am learning so much. The narrative is very understandable and comprehensive and the maps and overlays are fascinating and extremely informative. Thank you so much for sending me a copy. Pam Lane, Ranger Red Rock State Park, Sedona, AZ
I just finished your book, and I showed it to my husband who is not a geologist. His remark was, "This is a monumental work"! I agree with him. It is perfect for the lay person who is interested in visiting the Colorado Plateau parks but it is also monumental for the geology student (and even long-time geologists) who wish to "time-travel". It gives a whole new perspective to geology. The layout is beautifully done. And your writing is superb! Carol Hill, Albuquerque, NM
About the Author
Wayne Ranney loves southwestern landscapes! (His liberal use of exclamation marks is a dead giveaway!) A two-week vacation in 1975 led him to his first southwest residency in the bottom of the Grand Canyon where he worked as a backcountry ranger at Phantom Ranch. Living among the rocks for three years inspired him to formally study geology at Northern Arizona University, where he obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees. While studying at NAU, he also worked as a river guide on the Colorado, San Juan, and Verde rivers. Wayne began working as a shipboard geology interpreter in 1989 and has traveled the world ever since, completing more than one hundred expeditions that took him many times to the Arctic, the Amazon, Africa, and Antarctica. These far-flung adventures allowed him to see and learn about many different kinds of landscapes but he always returned to the red rock cliffs and canyon country of his adopted home in Flagstaff, Arizona. Wayne currently works as a geology interpreter and trail guide for organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Grand Canyon Field Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, where he teaches courses in southwestern geology. Wayne is an award-winning author who inspires readers to learn more about their home planet. He has written four book--all about geology of the region--and is a contributing writer for Sedona Magazine.