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About the Author

A Californian for most of her adult life, Susan Elizabeth Hough has a deep affection for the natural wonders of her adopted home state. She holds a PhD in earth sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, she studies earthquake hazards in California and historic earthquakes in the central United States and IndiaHough has written many articles both technical and popular about earthquakes for journals, newspapers, and magazines, and she is the author of Earthshaking Science: What We Know and Don't Know about Earthquakes (Princeton University Press). She lives in southern California, just a stone's throw from the Raymond fault.
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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878424954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878424955
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
California has plenty of seismic faults which are responsible for creating the state's diverse geological landscapes, and Susan Hough serves as your travel guide to finding these faults in Finding Fault In California. This is perfect for any who would tour the state with geology or faults in mind: chapters provide background earthquake and activity history, maps to pinpoint specific locations, and plenty of detail for both geologists and would-be visitors to California. An unusual survey peppered with black and white photos throughout.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Penny L. Bloodhart on September 9, 2005
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For anyone in California, or anyone interested in earthquakes in general, this book should be a must read. Hough's description of the causes and problems created by earthquakes is concise, well written and gives something of the flavor of the regions discussed.

It is difficult to make a complex science accessible to most folks, but this book can do it for many issues relating to California quakes!
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Quartz on February 16, 2005
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This is a dreadful little book. The best thing about it is its title-which turns out to be completely misleading. There aren't nearly enough maps to help you locate the faults, nor are there enough GPS coordinates given, nor do you get anything more than a boring cartoon summary for most of the faults. Given the amazing subject matter, California faults, and all the fascinating, horrific, wondrous stories, and strange science that exist for each of them, you'd think it would be impossible to write a mediocre to bad book about them, but somehow Ms. Hough has managed to do this. How do I hate this book? Let me count the ways. 1) The geologists who work on these faults are some of the most fascinating and colorful people you'll ever meet. None of Ms. Hough's little summary boxes about them, even remotely captures their wonderful, obsessive, knowledgeable, souls. She rarely uses quotes by them, which is an utter crime. 2) Everyone who has worked on faults has some really funny or scary stories to tell about them. I could rattle off dozens of stories she should have written up that don't appear in this book. 3) The faults of California are strange, horrific, monstrous, and beautiful things. You get no sense of this in the book. You get none of the dazzling poetry of nature in this book. 4) There are no terrific nuggets of humor in this book. 5) This book doesn't have enough "history" of the faults in it-passages, observations etc. from the 1800's, 1900's, etc. 6) The pictures are hit and miss. For every artful one, there's five or six boring to bad ones. 7) This 263 page book should be a series of about three to five books. One book should be on the faults of L.A., one book should be on the San Andreas, etc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By odballcyn on November 6, 2012
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I purchased this book for a Geology class, it was a reading requirement. I don't think it really helped me. The book did not contain enough detail nor did it keep in mind the different learning styles of readers. I do think it was a good read but there really was no A-ha moment for me, considering that this is such an interesting topic!
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By D.Anderson on June 12, 2013
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but needs more pictures, more than GPS co-ordinances for those who would like to take a trip to check out some of these places
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