- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Mountain Press; First edition (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878425659
- ISBN-13: 978-0878425655
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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California Rocks!: A Guide To Geologic Sites in the Golden State First Edition
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Ever wondered how the rocks at Joshua Tree were formed? Why so many saber-toothed cats are found in the La Brea Tar Pits? Or why the waves at Mavericks can be up to 40 feet tall? This book takes you on a tour of California from north to south, touching on a wide range of interesting locations--65 sites of geological interest, distributed evenly throughout the state. For each site there's a short description of geological history as well as maps and color photos to illustrate the different formations you are likely to see. You may have already been to some of the 11 Bay Area locations featured, but now you can learn about how those sea caves on the San Mateo coast at San Gregorio Beach were formed, or find a rare example of an ancient petrified forest next door to the upscale vineyards and mud baths of Calistoga. This book clearly and simply explains the fascinating natural features of different places in our state. (Vanessa Thill) --Bay Nature
"Having grown up in California, many of these sites are very familiar to me. However, what I especially liked about this book was that the photos for each site really captured the flavor of the area and illustrated what the geology was of that site. For those that don't want the detail of a Roadside Geology books, this is the perfect companion for your next road trip in and around California."--Reed Wicander --AASP-The Palynological Society
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Californians live on the edge . . . of a tectonic plate, that is. In this geologically tenuous location, where a tsunami, earthquake, or volcanic eruption is just another hazard, the rocks and landforms are dynamic too. From erupting geysers and boiling mud pots to collapsing sea arches and crawling landslides, California is a land in motion. In fact, rocks on the west side of the San Andreas Fault have moved northward nearly 200 miles in the last 20,000 years. With lively prose and beautiful photographs, California Rocks! explores sixty-five geologic sites at parks and other publicly accessible places. Learn why so many saber-toothed cats were preserved in La Brea Tar Pits, how hollow tubes formed in the flowing lava of Lava Beds National Monument, and what forms the big waves at Mavericks surf break.
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This book is easy to read because the author tells a story about each geological formation in California. It's one of the more fascinating geology books I've read. Now as I travel all over the state, the book helps me identify formations and rocks.
Outstanding book if you want mostly SoCal locations!
I expected more NorCal locations and it's not that well written for me.
I was done reading it in a couple hours.
If you would like a bit more in-depth information, I would recommend the "Roadside Geology" series (eg. Roadside Geology of Northern California", etc.)
Gorgeous color photographs (1, 2,or 3 photos for each destination).
Good (basic) introductory info on the geology of California and the various regions of California. Perfect for a family road trip.
Beautiful satellite intro maps and maps for each region. Adequate road maps to help locate (generally) most destinations.
Good Glossary in the back (though it would have been great to have an illustrated Glossary for at least some of the words (ex. I don't think a layperson would read the definition of a "reverse fault" and fully understand it, while a small line illustration showing a reverse fault would explain it better.)
Geologic science is not very detailed.
Relatively few destinations(65)for a state as large, diverse, and geologically interesting as California.