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Geology Underfoot in Yellowstone Country Paperback – April 15, 2011
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Organized into what he calls "vignettes" each chapter takes on a different subject. He covers geysers, calderas, hot spots, fossil forests, fossil sea life, debris flows, and the rest of what matters for Yellowstone geology. A convenient map at the beginning (which, yes, shows Norris in the wrong place and leaves out Canyon) arranges these vignettes so you can read them as you visit the sites. While spending a few days in the park, I took 30-60 minutes each morning to read the chapters for the areas I was going to visit. When I got there, I had a much better understanding of what I was looking at and had a better "context" for the geological story.
This book is scientific but not overly technical (BTW: I'm an engineer). Each chapter gives plenty of insight without out being overdrawn. Each vignette is somewhere between a visitor's center display (too little) and a Scientific American Article (a little too much). It fits nicely in the park and the Yellowstone experience for the curious tourist. How do you know if this book is for you? If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, it is for you:
- do you need to know that a geyser requires a constriction and for the water to "flash" as it rises?
- are you curious how fast the hot spot is moving?Read more ›
I personally love geology, but am not a geologist. This book helped me better understand different geologic events and formations and all in the context of an area I love, Yellowstone National Park. My only issue with this book is that the first section focuses solely on rocks and fossil records and can be a bit bland. I was more interested in reading this book for its discussion of the tectonic activity in Yellowstone area and that information doesn’t start until about half way through the book. However, learning about the rock record can be interesting, if not quite as dynamic as volcanoes and hydrothermal features.
Despite my complaint, I would recommend this book to any non-scientific individuals looking to expand their understanding of geology and how it influences Yellowstone.
Particularly loved the maps and graphics.
I found the most dramatic geology lent itself to the most interesting chapters; sedimentation and the like just doesn't excite. Still, I've seen other field guides to Yellowstone, and this is the one I recommend.
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This is the best of several roadside geology books that I have ever read. I am a novice, but it was nice that the author explained new words in a way that was easy to understand. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Montelbane
The perfect read for the complex geology of Yellowstone. Would hearty recommend reading!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent book that will get us back to Yellowstone to see some of the places he talks about!Published 13 months ago by John Drew
Hope to work in Yellowstone and this will be in my library.Published 14 months ago by John C Sargent