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Geologists Lon Abbott and Terri Cook teach at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. Lon's fieldwork has taken him from the remote mountain peaks of Papua New Guinea to a 15,000-foot-deep ocean trench near Costa Rica and many places in between. Terri has specialized in rocks from deep-sea hot springs. Her interests in geology and archaeology have led her across six continents. Lon and Terri are also the authors of Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology.
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  • Series: Geology Underfoot (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878425284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878425280
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. A. SMITH on March 27, 2010
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Effective scientific writing directed at the layperson is difficult to achieve. Many writers either over-simplify or over-complicate. Abbot and Cook seem to have struck a good balance in their "Geology Underfoot in Northern Arizona". Unless you are put off by their occasionally florid prose (words like stunning, majesty, breathtaking, and dazzling often appear) you should find their book a good introduction to a cross-section (pun intended) of the Geology of Northern Arizona.

Rather than attempt to describe NAZ geology as a whole (a difficult task) this book presents 20 "vignettes" in each of which a particular geological feature or small area is discussed in some detail. This approach has the disadvantage of discussing geological detail without first discussing geological principles (there is a very basic eight page introduction), but the Abbot-Cooks seem to have pulled it off and with a style and grace seldom seen in popular science books (Timothy Ferris' writing excepted). Admittedly, since several of the vignettes are located within a few miles of my home, and many others within a 100 miles radius, I may have enjoyed the book more than will the typical reader.

All the locations discussed have the advantage for the traveler of being located in stunning (one of their words) scenic areas, as well as areas of geological interest. The "Getting There" sections of the vignettes provide a mini-field trip to each location, with several stops identified along with the features to be seen at each. However, the book has a depth that would cause one to profit from a period of study prior to visiting each location, rather than using the book as simple tour guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Andersen on June 2, 2009
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If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, or if you are considering planning one, buy this book and read it. Likewise, if you have any desire to understand the geologic evolution of the region, buy this book.

My wife and I planned a trip, to the region, almost completely based on this book and we had an amazing time. We had such an amazing time, that when we were finally heading to the Grand Canyon, on the last leg of our journey, we were asking ourselves if we had seen so much as to take away from the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon, itself. Of course, that's no truly possible, so it made a perfect end cap to our journey, but it certainly lends to the book's ability to amaze you with things you may not ever have even heard of.

As a last piece of advice, take special interest in vignette number 12: the desert niagara. There are no signs to this place and it is an interesting journey, just to get there (we did it in a prius, so it's possible without a truck, for many parts of the year, but be forewarned, during the rainy season, it may be impassable for all, but a four wheel drive), but when you arrive, you will thank me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAW on September 8, 2012
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am a graduate student in geology - and after 7 years of scholarly pursuit in the subject, of all things, this book is what helped me truly understand it. Seriously. It's amazing. I want to read all of the geology underfoot series now. I think this book would be really interesting to anyone with even a casual interest in geology.
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Living in Prescott, AZ, there is interesting geology all around. I had checked this book out of the library and found I did not want to take the book back. So I bought a copy. I plan to take it on a trip this summer around the Grand Canyon to visit several of the spots described in the book. In the meantime, I've hit the spots in and near town.
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By A Hwang on November 15, 2010
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Well written book for those interested in learning more about the fantastic formations in Arizona.
Facts are presented in a logical sequence to lead the reader to understand the natural processes that created the landforms.
Directions on how to get to the location, pictures to help you identify the geology, and text to help you understand.
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