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Allen Glazner is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native Californian, he holds a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles and has done research in the Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert since his undergraduate days at Pomona College.
Greg Stock was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada just north of Yosemite, and he has explored the region by climbing on and caving in the region s unique geology. These interests led him to pursue a bachelor s degree in geology at Humboldt State University and a PhD in earth science at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied the uplift and erosion of the Sierra Nevada. Greg is presently Yosemite National Park s first-ever park geologist. He lives in Yosemite Valley with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Autumn.
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Product Details

  • Series: Geology Underfoot
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company; First edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878425683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878425686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent clear, concise, layman's level information to read before you go to Yosemite and to take with you as you drive or tour the many astounding vistas in this national park. I have several "Roadside Geology" books that have made road trips through geologically-significant landscapes so much enjoyable, and I sensed a similarity in style and research between those and this "Underfoot" guide. It was helpful to read this on the plane and then take it with us as we drove the routes outlined by the authors. Just enough background and plenty of photos to keep us engaged with our surroundings in a meaningful way. Do yourself a favor and at least scan this before you go; take it with you, and you'll surely come away with a deeper appreciation for what you experience.
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I had only been to Yosemite once in my life before I read this book but I found it to be a totally understandable description of the geology of the park and adjacent areas. There are beautiful color photos, diagrams,charts, and maps. The authors are both academics, but Greg Stock is a native of the area, and has a great enthusiasm for his subject, and communicates in terms that are easy to follow without being simplistic. He describes the geological puzzles of the area and the logic used to come up with satisfactory explanations for the features you see. Recommended for anyone who has been there, or is planning to go.
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Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park offers California collections a fine geology-based survey of natural wonders and sites in Yosemite Park. Over twenty-five sites are covered in a fine blend of colorful photos and illustrations and keys to understanding how geologists view the environment. History and geology blend in a fine addition to any California collection!
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I have several of the books in this series. The first book I bought was Geology Underfoot in Southern California. I used the Ownes Valley book on a trip to Death Valley 11 years ago. My wife and I drove around the park and visited probably half (if not more) of the Death Valley locations and I particularly really enjoyed looking at the rocks and seeing, for example, a "turtleback". This new volume marks a real advancement in the physical quality of the books in this series. The maps and diagrams and pictures are in color and printed using a different technique than in the previus books, so that the images etc are much sharper. The paper is of a heavy glossy stock. The content is well written and engaging and presumably accurate (I am not a geologist).
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If you've spent any time at all (or plan to spend any time) in Yosemite, then you know that it's the "rocks" that make the park. Whether it's Half Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Tenaya Lake, or Tuolumne Meadows; it's the granite that steals the show. This book tells the story of that granite in a very interesting and readable way. I'm not a geologist, but I found this book fascinating. After a short geological introduction, the book is broken into 25 "vignettes" that illustrate one or more specific geological features of Yosemite and the surrounding area. I don't know if the authors intended it this way, but this book could be used as a travel guide with each vignette being a separate excursion or day-trip. Now that I've read the book, that's how I plan to use it!
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I good overview of the geology of Yosemite and how it has transformed over the past 1.5 billion years. I live about 2 hours away from Yosemite so the chapters telling about the foothills and the Central Valley were very interesting to me. It's brief enough for a casual rock hound but also in depth in the details for those interested in how our land was formed. So glad they put the picture of the glacier and Half Dome on the cover, it illustrates that the sheer face was NOT formed by glacier (read the book to find out how it was shaped!)
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This book is worth it's weight in gold. The knowledgeably shared, is incredibly down to earth (so to speak) and fun to read. And when you finish it, the only regret is that it ended. It will be my companion while visiting Yosemite for many years to come.
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Well written, informative, nice pictures & illustrations. I like the format, I like the information, and I like that there is current science presented in this friendly book.

The short "vignettes" (chapters) are bite-sized for easy reading and bite-sized for easy excursions. I'm familiar with most of the places described in this book and it is fun to learn more of the geologic background of those places. I plan to take the book with me on future trips to Yosemite and make the little field trips described in the vignettes.

I would recommend this to frequent visitors to Yosemite and to anyone who wants more understanding of the Geology than you get at the Visitors Center.
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