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Sedona Through Time: A Guide to Sedona's Geology Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zia Interpretive Services; 3rd Revised edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970120303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970120304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are many wonderful, color illustrations and photos.
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Author Wayne Ranney, a geologist, researcher, lecturer and guide provides a masterful introduction to the geology of Sedona.
David Lintner
"Sedona Through Time" was one of the first local books I read when I moved to the Sedona area some years ago.
Peter D. Tillman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Sedona Through Time" was one of the first local books I read when I moved to the Sedona area some years ago. It was nicely-done then, but the new, third edition is a real step up in quality and usability. Author Wayne Ranney is a well-known local geologist, lecturer, and tour guide. He also writes well, and the new edition, attractively printed on glossy paper, is filled with colorful photos and informative maps. He's also added two nice road logs, one up Oak Creek Canyon, the other a loop drive around the Red Rocks. Highly recommended for visitors and residents alike. And if you have a chance to catch one of his lectures, don't miss it.

You might also find his other recent book of interest: Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau (2008). Cowritten with his NAU thesis advisor, Ron Blakey, this oversize paperback is filled with big, beautiful paleogeographic maps, showing the geological evolution of the Plateau in detail over the past 525 million years (and in outline back to 1.75 billion years ago). A remarkable cartographic and geologic achievement. You'll get a preview of these great maps in the Sedona book, and you can Google for previews online, but the oversize format is really needed to do them justice.

Happy reading and geologizing--
Peter D. Tillman
Consulting Geologist, Arizona and New Mexico (USA)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A highschool student on March 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although this book is a little bit advanced for the average non-geologist, it is very precise. It is what the experts use. It tells you everything: who, what, when, where and why with a few demonstrative pictures of cross-sections, maps and some color red-rock pictures. The book helped me get most of my information for a 5-page paper on Sedona's history including rock-formations, layers, substances in the rock to make it red etc. etc. etc. If you are not a wordy pro-scientist I suggest you keep a dictionary at hand.. just in case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lintner on June 22, 2011
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This book is for the curious about what forces, over what period of time, led to the shape and color of the Sedona landscape. Author Wayne Ranney, a geologist, researcher, lecturer and guide provides a masterful introduction to the geology of Sedona. This book provides beautiful color illustrations and photographs for the text, as well as a self-guided field trip with mile markers. The back of the book includes summary descriptions of Sedona's rock formations, as well as a glossary and an index. The inside front cover flap provides an illustrated rock column for understanding the sequences of rock strata as they were laid down; and, the inside back cover flap provides a timeline in millions of years for Sedona area events.

It's a great guide, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Sedona Through Time" was one of the first local books I read when I moved to the Sedona area some years ago. It was nicely-done then, but the new, third edition is a real step up in quality and usability. Author Wayne Ranney is a well-known local geologist, lecturer, and tour guide. He also writes well, and the new edition, attractively printed on glossy paper, is filled with colorful photos and informative maps. He's also added two nice road logs, one up Oak Creek Canyon, the other a loop drive around the Red Rocks. Highly recommended for visitors and residents alike. And if you have a chance to catch one of his lectures, don't miss it.

Amazon's main page for this book is Sedona Through Time.

You might also find his other recent book of interest: Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau (2008). Cowritten with his NAU thesis advisor, Ron Blakey, this oversize paperback is filled with big, beautiful paleogeographic maps, showing the geological evolution of the Plateau in detail over the past 525 million years (and in outline back to 1.75 billion years ago). A remarkable cartographic and geologic achievement. You'll get a preview of these great maps in the Sedona book, and you can Google for previews online, but the oversize format is really needed to do them justice.

Happy reading and geologizing--
Peter D. Tillman
Consulting Geologist, Arizona and New Mexico (USA)
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More About the Author

Wayne Ranney is a geologist, trail guide, and author who brings the landscape history of our planet to life for interested readers. For over 35 years he has led field trips to Earth's most spectacular places including the Grand Canyon, the Amazon, the North and South Poles, Patagonia, and more than 75 countries. Wayne is an engaging interpreter who shares complex science in an approachable manner. One of his most recent books was co-written with his former geology professor, Dr. Ron Blakey, and is called "Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau". This book won two awards in 2009, "Best Science Book in Arizona", and "Best Large Format Book" from the National Association of Interpretation. It contains stunning maps of the past in the American Southwest and North America. "Carving Grand Canyon" (2005) won many awards as well and tells the story of the many scientific theories that have been advanced in the formation of the great gorge. His latest books are called "Defining The Colorado Plateau: A Geologic Perspective", and "Easy Field Guide to Arizona Landforms". Wayne is actively pursuing other writing opportunities as his readers continually encourage him to tell the story of our planet in more enticing and interesting ways.