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Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Paperback – May 25, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195105974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195105971
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Geologist Smith and science writer Siegel team up to tell the exciting story of how Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks came to be."--Bob Decker, former director of the U.S. Geological Surveys Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College, and Barbara Decker, science writer


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Robert B. Smith is a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. He has spent his career studying the Yellowstone-Teton region. Lee J. Siegel has written about science since 1976, most recently as science editor of The Salt Lake Tribune. He contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption by The Daily News of Longview, Washington, and in 1996, he won the Utah Seismic Safety Commissions first annual Outstanding Contribution to Earthquake Safety in Utah Award.

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Well written and easy to read.
dwitt2n
This book is an absolute musthave-mustread for anyone going to the parks or interested in the geological processes that have made the West.
Jerald R Lovell
I work as a guide in Grand Teton Park and I love to visit Yellowstone.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Holly Hunt on June 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This treasure will turn "topography" into a household word. Dedicated to a fellow geologist recently killed by an avalance while conducting fieldwork, "Windows" is a slick and dramatic feature presentation of volcanism, earthquakes, and geysers. Superb maps and graphs colorfully illustrate variable stratae formed through the eons. An informal and friendly text is scholarly without being stuffy. The writers establish a tone of substance and humor as they discuss multiple upheavals that created Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. This is the kind of book that will impress early rock-ologists and even be hoarded by their more secretive, sedimental parents. The writing never "dumbs down" but is lucid with factual attention to landscape formation without snubbing the human astonishment that continually witnesses it. Thanks to geologist Smith and naturalist journalist Seigel, the book is threaded with lively accounts from park rangers, tourists, and waitresses at the Old Faithful Inn. Appeals to romantics and literalists alike. Studded with beautiful, full-color photographs. Every page is hefty and sleek to the touch, a feast for the eye as well as the brain. Kind of a wonder-book for anyone who seeks the phenomenal in terra firma.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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Windows into the Earth is a fantastic book! It is excellent reading for geologist and non-geologist alike. Easy to understand descriptions of the geophysical processes that shape the Yellowstone area, and nice full color pictures and diagrams to help the explanations along. You'll have to visit Yellowstone after reading it to see it in a whole new light.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jerald R Lovell on March 9, 2002
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A friend loaned me this book two months ago. I haven't returned it yet. It is simply the best book on these two parks that I have ever read. The authors accurately portray the very considerable geological power present in each park, and yet do not manage to make either park a fearful place to be avoided. Instead, their writing is a persuasive invitation to visit these wonderful manifestations of nature for an extended period. I was particularly impressed by the visitor's tour set out near the end of the book. I took a part of that tour in 1994, and the narrative is very accurate. I will certainly use my OWN copy of the book when I go back again this autumn. (I don't want anyone to think I don't return borrowed books!) This book is an absolute musthave-mustread for anyone going to the parks or interested in the geological processes that have made the West. Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elvispes on April 11, 2007
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I was looking for a good geologic history book after finishing John McPhee's excellent "Annals of a Former World." Windows into the Earth seemed like a good place to start, but I was very disappointed. It seems as though the authors wrote each chapter (and sometimes even parts of chapters) independently and then slapped them together with little editing. Although the underlying geology is often interesting, there's little flow or logic to the book as a whole. Key concepts are repeated over and over, as though they're being introduced for the first time each time. Analogies used to make the subject matter more accessable often miss the mark and detract from the whole. This book may be worthwhile if you are visiting the region and want to understand more of what you are seeing, but I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GEORGE R. FISHER on July 30, 2005
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This is an excellent book on the interesting geology of the Yellowstone ecosystem, an area that covers not only the park but a substantial area around it extending to the south to include the Grand Tetons.

The artwork is really excellent: both the photography, which is provided by several local professionals including Tom Mangelson, and the drawings, which make often difficult geologic concepts easily understood.

Yellowstone sits on top of a hotspot very much like the Hawaiian islands except that it's in the middle of a continent instead of the middle of an ocean. This turns out to be an important distinction, one that makes the volcano that created the park one of the largest ever in the history of the planet.

This book is well written and makes the geology accesible and interesting. And at the end, is a stop-by-stop tour of the two parks that will take you face-to-face with all that you have learned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Cunningham on August 20, 2013
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Excellent explanation of geological forces past and present in the Grand Teton & Yellowstone area. After visiting area decided to do some reading on geological activity past and present.

Met my expectation and recommend for anyone interested in volcanoes, glaciation and earthquakes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Graetz on April 1, 2013
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I am not new to this title as I use it for some my classes at The University of Montana where I am a Geography professor - Bob Smith is a Greater Yellowstone icon and anything he does or is involved with is worth seeing or reading - this region of the Northern Rockies is dynamic in many aspects and Bob does an excellent job of writing about its underpinnings
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Ambro on August 22, 2011
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One of my coworkers received this book in the mail at work and I just had to have it. I love geology and am particularly fascinated by the geology of Yellowstone. I haven't finished this book yet, but there probably is no such thing as finishing with this resource. Very exciting!
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