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Written In Stone [Paperback]

Chet Raymo , Maureen E. Raymo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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February 10, 2001 1883789273 978-1883789275 2nd
Traces the geological changes in the Northeast since North America perched on the equator and dinosaurs were young. Includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

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Editorial Reviews


Compresses billions of years into a slim, lively narrative. -- Yankee Magazine

Hard to put down...truly an adventure. -- Bookpage (New England Edition)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press; 2nd edition (February 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883789273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883789275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down June 2, 2004
By A Customer
I was assigned this book to read by Raymo himself for his Earth Science college course. After buying all my books for the semester, I was looking through the pile. As an English major, I found it strange to be so drawn to a science book. I ended up reading the whole book that night, before the class even started. The beauty of Raymo is that he writes science like poetry.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read December 5, 2003
I bought this book to learn more about the geologic history of New England. I was really surprised at how well written and informative this book ended up being. The first chapter alone nicely explains the Continental Drift Theory and Plate Tectonics. Later chapters tackled more complicated concepts but again did a nice job of summarizing the major aspects of how New England has changed and developed over time. This is a handy reference guide for graduate students or a great supplemental text for a high school Earth Science Honors class. A must read for anyone interested in geology.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Read for the Lay September 6, 2006
By Dennis
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First off, this book was probably intended for Tourists. The lay. The casual reader somewhat interested in the targeted area's mountain history. As such, its simply a big hit!

One reader said "boring in parts"? It's a small short book. I couldn't put it down. I suppose that reviewer might find Dr. Charles Merguerian more facinating. Look him up if you're aspiring for your PhD in the subject.

This book was a quick fantastic read, easy for those who know little about the subject and highly informative for it's brevity.

I vote this book most likely to make you pick up another book on Geological History!

What higher praise is there?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the non-geologist September 29, 2012
By Judy
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I'm not a geologist. Yet the grandeur of the earth's history fascinates me. This book is very accessible to the lay person with little or no technical background in geology.

The only thing I would suggest is have a computer nearby while you're reading it. There are nice drawings, but no photographs in this book. I would have loved some colored photos, but in this day and age it's just as easy to do a little on-line research on the things mentioned in the book.

I would highly recommend this book for the arm-chair geologists out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By yan
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"Written in stone" from Chet Raymo and his daughter Maureen gives a candid and accessible perspective on the geological events that gave rise to the landscape and species of the Northeast so familiar to us who live there. This perspective reveals the fragility of the world we take very often for granted and suggests that further evolution is inevitable, ongoing, and life changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Modern Geology January 19, 2013
Written in Stone is a wonderful book for anyone who lives in the northeast U.S. and has wondered in amazement at the rocks revealed by roadside highway cuts. It is a sound and patient introduction to modern geology for the general reader and a amazing read with illustrations like the 1755 Massachusetts earthquake or a dissection of a waterfall that grab the readers imagination. It introduces concepts and critical vocabulary of geology in a very clear manner while leaving the reader with a sense of wonder about all that has happened to the very ground which they are now standing! The many excellent drawing and diagrams are a great help in explaining the concepts. I have not had any formal education in geology since 8th grade Earth Science, a long time ago. I have always been puzzled by the rocks and terrain of the northeast but this book answered many of my questions. It it has a great bibliography for those who would like to learn more about specific parts of the northeastern United States. I turned to Written in Stone after I had trouble reading the books about the geology of my local area. Written in Stone has given me a solid base that I can build on in my further reading.

A bit of background on myself, I am a Christian that has no problem with evolution or that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is tragic that this is even a issue for public debate or that so many of us seem to need to fit God into their preconceived notions.
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