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Author Meldahl, Keith Heyer.

Title Rough-hewn land : a geologic journey from California to the Rocky Mountains / Keith Heyer Meldahl.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Glendale History Room Reference    557.9 MEL    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    557.9 MEL    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    557.9 MEL    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    557.9 MEL    Available
Description xviii, 296 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-279) and index.
Summary "Meldahl takes readers on a 1000-mile-long field trip back through more than 100 million years of deep time to explore America's most spectacular and scientifically intriguing landscapes. He places us on the outcrops, rock hammer in hand, to examine the evidence for how these rough-hewn lands came to be. We see California and its gold assembled from pieces of old ocean floor and the relentless movements of the Earth's tectonic plates. We witness the birth of the Rockies. And we investigate the violent earthquakes that continue to shape the region today. Into the West's geologic story, Meldahl also weaves its human history. As we follow the adventures of John C. Fremont, Mark Twain, the Donner party, and other historic characters, we learns how geologic forces have shaped human experience in the past and how they direct the fate of the West today"--Back cover.
Subject Geology -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- History.
ISBN 9780520259355 (hardback)

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