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In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0881927894
ISBN-10: 0881927899
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"The author's photos bring the story of Oregon's landscapes to life."
Publishers Weekly, September 22, 2003

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This book is for all those interested in Oregon's landscapes and environments. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features such as Mount Hood, Crater Lake, and the Columbia River Gorge, and scenic, not so well known places such as Jordan Craters, Leslie Gulch, and Hells Canyon. Each of the more than 220 stunning photographs is accompanied by readable text, presenting the story of how Oregon's diverse landscapes evolved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; Reprint edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927894
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In describing the events and processes in Oregon's geological history the author repeatedly references and explains familiar landscape features. (E.g. Alameda Ridge is a gravel bar left by the Lake Missoula Floods entering the Portland Basin. Mt. Scott, Rocky Butte and Powell Butte are all remnants of Pleistocene volcanoes. ) This makes the geology lesson both clearer and more interesting. Likewise, descriptions of flora and fauna further illustrate extant conditions during our state's evolution. With its many excellent photos, the book could easily succeed as a 'coffee table book.'
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My wife and I have always been facinated by geology and archeology but find so many books on the subjects difficult,

and at times boring, to read. We live on a fixed, retirement income so must keep our "luxury" expenditures to a minimum.

I bought In Search of Ancient Oregon for my wife on Mother's Day,

and we both found it an absolute gem of easy to read, interesting information with wonderful photographs. The book is everything it was advertised to be, and more. WELL worth the money it cost.
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This is a great, very-non-technical book that describes Oregon's geology and its past climates and plants and animals in a way that the general reader can easily understand. I bought a copy to give to my brother (a wetland specialist) but ended up keeping that copy for myself. The photos of Oregon's mountains, coast, and deserts are outstanding. It's a great read, and links the history of landscapes and climates here to changes around the globe. A great book to help understand Oregon's landscapes.
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Buy this book to help you understand the geology and natural history of Oregon and to grace your coffee table and book shelf. It is written by a geologist who has published scientific articles on Oregon geology and other aspects of natural history in professional journals and books. The author, Dr. Ellen Bishop, has combined a knowledge of science with the ability to make complex concepts very understandable to nonscientists. The photographs, however, are enough by themselves to have this book on your coffee table or desk. I have been to many of the sites Dr. Bishop photographed and am impressed by her skill and experience. The photographs show not only the geology that she has written about in the text, but also the stark beauty of Oregon's landscapes.
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A casual glance at the cover with accolades only from Oregon sources (at least in my edition) might give the impression that this is one of those local market books of dubious quality. This is far from the case. The text is clear and informative with good depth and appropriate caveats on how speculative or contentious a conclusion may be that treat the reader with respect.

The photographs are world class and far more than what you get in a the Roadside Geology series or most other books of this type.

For non-Oregonians not familiar with the state geography, more maps would have been helpful but not really an issue unless you are actually driving state roads trying to find these formations in which case a map and the Roadside book make a fine accompaniment.

As an illustration of the the in-depth geology of a region, this is an excellent book for anyone of any region interested in geology. For those interested in Oregon geology, compared to the Oregon Roadside Geology book, you will find the pictures much more informative and the text more thorough especially in its treatment of alternate theories (The Roadside authors seem to have an agenda, especially in regard to the origin of the Oregon flood basalts.)
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If you love Oregon - you will love this book.

I consider myself well in-tune with facts about the natural world (watched endless Oregon Field Guide as a kid growing up, love paleontology, getting my PhD in medical biology) - but I never realized how much we knew about Oregon until I read this book!

Did you know we can exactly date - and time (to within a few hours) - the last major Cascadia fault quake and Tsunami to hit Oregon around 1790?! I sure didn't!

Ellen has one of the easiest to understand writing styles I've ever encountered. Yes the book can be technical in parts - but that's because little is dumbed down in the author's very clear explanation of everything you wanted to know about the land beneath our feet.

The photographs are as gorgeous as the text. THANK YOU for this book.
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This books a keeper. Well written, and like Ellen's other book, structure for the reader to easily grasp the geological development of Oregon. It is also reflects recent developments in the understanding of Oregon's geological processes.
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In Search of Ancient Oregon, with its clear, engaging text and beautiful photos, sparked an interest in Oregon geology I had never possessed. Bishop has made the topic so approachable and interesting that her enthusiasm for geology soon infects the reader. And to add to the sense of awe that she brings to the subject, her exquisite photographs draws the reader into the topic. Having travel all over Oregon for years, I have had many moments when I said to myself, Oh, that's why the landscape looks like that! The book is worth the cost just for her exceptional photos. I have seen so many travel or hiking books with mediocre photos and it always struck me as sad. This book is deeply informative and a pleasure to read and evaluate.

It is true Bishop does not have maps and diagrams that would sometimes be welcome in trying to understand the intricacies of geology. But I expect this was a deliberate decision. Photographic art and diagrams would seem somewhat jarring next to each other. Let this book inspire you to read more in detail from another book on Northwest geology if you long for greater detail. Overall, a splendid book that I plan to share with my family.
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