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Geology Underfoot in Southern California Paperback – April 1, 1993
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It starts with a six page description of SoCal's geological history, then jumps into 20 sites of interest. A glossary, "Sources of Supplementary Information," and an index round out the book.
Each site receives its own chapter, replete with photographs, maps, geological diagrams, and even driving directions, as needed. I'm not a serious geologist, but landscape features fascinate me. The explanations that the authors give work well for me: I can understand them well enough to explain them to children.
If you're interested in how the land has been shaped, if you're willing to turn off the tube & make contact with the natural world, then this book is for you. One of the best "field guides" to geology I own. One of my favorites, too. (The companion volume, GEOLOGY UNDERFOOT IN DEATH VALLEY AND OWENS VALLEY, is also an excellent book).
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The book contains 92 black and white photographs. The tone scale of the photos is very narrow, ranging from gray to light gray. The contrast is very low. Because of the mediocre quality of the photographs, I was tempted to give the book only TWO STARS. The book also contains 40 line drawings, most of which are ordinary roadmaps, showing where to find places of interest, e.g., sand dunes, cliffs, earthquake faults, canyons, and volcanoes.
The book contains 20 chapters, for example, "A Vanished Landmass" (Chapter 3), "An Ice Age Sand Lobe" (Ch. 6)," "Wheeler Ridge" (Ch. 10), "Red Rock Canyon" (Ch. 12), and "Young Volcanoes in the Mojave Desert" (Ch. 14).
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VENTURA COUNTY. In chapter 4, which concerns an anticline located in Ventura County, we learn that an ANTICLINE is folded sedimentary rock where the fold forms an arch. In contrast, a fold that produces layers that arch downwards is called a SYNCLINE. In Ventura County, the anticline collects gas, oil, and water from underground sources, where gas floats above the oil, and oil floats above the water.Read more ›
Only cons is that none of the images are colored and they are rather bad quality.
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These are great reads. Wish I had purchased them before my trip.Published 1 day ago by Taram P. Douglas
Good book for the curious hiker in SoCal and those interested in local geologyPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Truly enjoyed this book, and for me as an amateur geologist, it was very understandable. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the geology of the southern part of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Audrey Capp
Though informative, it was very difficult to find exactly where to look for information. It is not well defined as to which area it talks about. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Nancy
Was unable to fine what I was searching for.however it was quite informative and I got a lot out of it.Published on September 24, 2013 by Carol Williams
While an interesting read for perspective, I did not find it particularly convincing as the authors appeal to "special circumstances" repeatedly to support their... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Adam Smith
I was delighted with this easy-to-read guide. It is well written, at times humorous and clear as regards directions and what to look for. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by carole