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  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 79)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Printing edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520241266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520241268
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a fascinating look at some of the world's most complex and engaging geology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an understanding of the beautiful landscape and dynamic geology of the Bay Area." - Mel Erskine, geological consultant "You can't really know the place where you live until you know the shapes and origins of the land around you. To feel truly at home in the Bay Area, read Doris Sloan's intriguing stories of this region's spectacular, quirky landscapes." - Hal Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region"

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"You can't really know the place where you live until you know the shapes and origins of the land around you. To feel truly at home in the Bay Area, read Doris Sloan's intriguing stories of this region's spectacular, quirky landscapes."—Hal Gilliam, author of Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

"This is a fascinating look at some of the world's most complex and engaging geology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an understanding of the beautiful landscape and dynamic geology of the Bay Area."—Mel Erskine, geological consultant

"This accessible summary of San Francisco Bay Area geology is particularly timely. We are living in an age where we must deal with our impact on our environment and the impact of the environment on us. Earthquake hazards, and to a lesser extent landslide hazards, are well known, but the public also needs to be aware of other important engineering and environmental impacts and geologic resources. This book will allow Bay Area residents to make more intelligent decisions about the geological issues affecting their lives."—John Wakabayashi, geological consultant

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The binding is excellent.
Laura Jefferson
This book is very useful if you are a geology student in California.
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A great gift for anyone interested in the outdoors.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2006
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I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as an avid amateur naturalist, I have collected many regional nature guidebooks-- maybe most of them. I just received this book, having ordered it just based on the title and little else. What a pleasant surprise!-- It is probably the best regional natural history book I have ever seen.

If you are an avid amateur naturalist like me, maybe the following is familiar: You pick up a nice general geology or rock atlas book, and find it beautiful and comprehensive; but when you try to match an actual local observation to this catalog of all possible rocks and structures in the world, you are left with uncertainty. And you quickly lose interest in this guesswork. Well, if you are in the Bay Area, you will feel extremely lucky when you get this book in your hands. It focuses on things you are likely to see here; it shows regional patterns to further help you understand what is what. As a result you will find the topic tangibly relevant, and your local explorations more interesting and fulfilling.

Another amazing aspect of this book is its fullness and quality. You would expect a regionally focused work to be a glorified pamphlet of highlights. On the contrary, this book has the feel of an expensively produced comprehensive geology introduction. (Judging by the cover photo you might not realize (I didn't) that it's a relatively thick (300+ page) book.) It ties everything to the big picture of geologic time. It is full of shiny color photos and color-coded maps. It is extremely well written!-- the writing shows obvious care in making explanations simple and intuitive to nonspecialists. So it is as if we have been given a full geology introduction text (and a great one at that!) written from scratch completely focused on the Bay Area.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura Jefferson on October 1, 2011
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I have no degree in a hard science but I found this book accessible and interesting (You know how few geology books I can say that about? I can think of one other). I was in CA for ten days and expected to spend them at museums and folk art shops, but I wanted to see some of the geography so different from New England. I ended up skipping most of the museums (and shops) to make field trips.This book was perfect for me; it gave me ideas where to go, decent maps (you will still need local roadmaps), and well-written explanations of what I was seeing. If I ever get back there, I will be taking my copy with me again.

The binding is excellent. The pictures are beautiful and useful. Californians are so lucky to have this series of nature guides.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Softly Cynical on May 13, 2007
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If you have any interest in California geology, this is the book for you. The pictures are beautiful; the text is well written and easy to understand even for those with no background in geology. It is a wonderful source for planning weekend trips. A great gift for anyone interested in the outdoors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sailinsteve on February 9, 2008
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Just begining to learn about the wonders of geology and particularly interested in what makes the bay area unique.
This book contains lots of maps and info and interesting things to do around the bay area to learn about how the area was created.
Most sections ( north bay, south bay, east bay, the bay itself, etc) have places to visit, explore that makes the book an interactive experience.
I've gone to a few of the places and expect to explore more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arnel Guanlao on March 20, 2011
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This is a good overview of the geology of the San Francisco Bay Area, written in a language that minimizes the use of technical jargon, making it accessible to the layperson. This guide begins with an introduction to plate tectonics and the other forces that drive the fascinating and complex geology of the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by more in-depth coverage for each major geological region within this area (Marin County, San Francisco, San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay, North Bay, and San Francisco Bay). The guide contains many illustrations and full color geological maps to help the reader comprehend the points being made in the text.

I generally liked this guide, but felt that it had a couple of shortcomings that kept it from getting five stars from me. First, the guide should have provided some diagrams showing how the geology of the San Francisco Bay Area has changed over the millennia. While such diagrams would necessarily be approximate, they would still help the reader visualize some of the paleogeology that the guide tries to describe in its text. Without such maps, there were times when I felt a bit lost regarding what the text was trying to describe. Arthur D. Howard's "Geology of Middle California" provides some of these diagrams, but that book is fairly old (1979), and its diagrams probably could be updated based on new data collected since then.

Second, the guide provides some coverage on specific locations to explore, such as Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Alum Rock County Park in the South Bay. However, such coverage is uneven from region to region.
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