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California Rocks: A guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State Paperback – May 15, 2010
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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
About the Author
Katherine Baylor holds degrees in geology and geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Berkeley and works as a hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kathy has traveled to over forty countries but always returns to California where she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking with her friends and family.
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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.
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.