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book cover of Joshua Tree National Park Geology

Joshua Tree National Park Geology
Trent, D.D. and Richard W. Hazlett, 2002.
Joshua Tree National Park Association.
ISBN 0-9679756-1-1
paperback, 64 pages, full color photographs and illustrations.

Joshua Tree National Park Geology is a thorough, up-to-date explanataion of the forces that helped shape the amazing natural architecture of this multifaceted park. D.D. Trent and Richard W. Hazlett have traced the evolution of this desert landscape through a rich narrative that serves both newly inquisitive visitors as well as students of natural history. Full-color photographs and instructive graphic illustrations along with geologic maps create visual references that fully engage the reader.


book cover of Padre Island National Seashore: A Guide to the Geology, Natural Environments, and History of a Texas Barrier Island.

Padre Island National Seashore: A Guide to the Geology, Natural Environments, and History of a Texas Barrier Island. Weise, Bonnie R. and William A. White.
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
second printing: 1981

This guide to the Padre Island National Seashore describes and explains island and lagoon environments, the active processes that constantly change the face of Padre, and natural records left by those processes. A road log for a short field trip directs readers to these environments and effects of these active processes. The guide also presents summaries of geologic origin and history of Padre, as well as the history of human use of the island and interaction with the natural environments.


Down to Earth at Tuff Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Down to Earth at Tuff Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas
Barker, Daniel S.
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin.
2000.

This guide book was created to be both fun and educational. It leads the reader through multiple aspects of Tuff Canyon in Big Bend National Park and help the reader gain understanding of how the scenery of the area came to have the shape it does today. This book includes photographs, maps, and diagrams.


book cover of Guide to Geologic Features at Petrified Forest National Park.

Guide to Geologic Features at Petrified Forest National Park.
Bezy, John V. and Arthur S. Trevena, 2000.
Arizona Geological Survey.
ISBN 1-892001-13-6
paperback, 48 pages, full color photographs.

This is an informative guide which includes photographs and explanations of 21 important geologic features found at Petrified Forest National Park. Includes photos, maps and diagrams to clearly illustrate where these features can be found and how they were formed.


book cover of Fossil Butte National Monument: Along the Shores of Time

Fossil Butte National Monument: Along the Shores of Time.
Ambrose, Peter D.
Dinosaur Nature Association.
ISBN 0-9651504-4-5
paperback, 28 pages, black and white illustrations.

Includes illustrations and descriptions of fossils found at the Fossil Butte National Monument.


book cover of a Geologic Guide to Grand Canyon National Park

Geologic Guide to Grand Canyon National Park.
Gordon, Arthur J., 2000.
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
ISBN 0-7872-6510-1
paperback, 76 pages, black and white photographs and diagrams.

Almost 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon National Park every year. People come from around the world to visit the Grand Canyon, be it at the South Rim as a quick side visit on the way to Las Vegas, or on a two-week raft trip down the Colorado River. The fascination with the Grand Canyon is never-ending. This book attempts to help readers understand the Grand Canyon, the rocks exposed on its walls, and the history of its development.


book cover of Geology of Devils Tower National Monument

Geology of Devils Tower National Monument
Robinson, Charles S. & Robert E. Davis, 1995.
Devils Tower Natural History Association
Mineral Systems Inc.
ISBN 0-913062-03-0, paperback, 96 pages, full color illustrations.

A comprehensive geologic history of Devils Tower and the immediate surrounding area, complete with definitions, color photos, maps and graphs. Not a text book; arm-chair geologists and students Junior High and up will enjoy this book.



book cover of Geology of Devils Tower, The First National Monument

Geology of Devils Tower, The First National Monument
Robinson, Charles S., 1985.
Devils Tower Natural History Association
Reprinted with minor changes from:
Robinson, Charles S., 1956
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Geology of Devils Tower National Monument: The First National Monument.
US Geological Survey Bulletin 1021-I.
paperback, 16 pages, black and white illustrations.



book cover of Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
Cone, Patrick, 1994.
ISBN 0-87614-628-0, paperback, 48 pages, full color photography.

This survey of Arizona's natural wonder introduces readers to the canyon's geology, morphology, early inhabitants, and contemporary status as a National Park.


book cover of An Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology

An Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology
Price, L. Greer., 1999.
Grand Canyon Association
ISBN 0-938216-68-6, paperback, 64 pages, full color illustrations.

Geolgogist L Greer Price worked for the National Park Service for ten years, mainly in the Grand Canyon National Park, and his experience in explaining the geology of the Canyon to the park's visitors is evident on every page of his brief (64-page) introduction, enlivened with dozens of photographs. Basic geological principles, including plate tectonics, structural features and their significance, and the role of erosion, are introduced and emphasized throughout; a glossary and a full index enhance the book's usefulness. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the educational programs of Grand Canyon National Park.


book cover of an Introduction to the Geology of Death Valley

An Introduction to the Geology of Death Valley
Collier, Michael., 1990
Death Valley Natural History Association
Library of Congress Number: 90-081612, paperback, 60 pages, full color illustrations.



book cover of A Land in Motion - California's San Andreas Fault

A Land In Motion - California's San Andreas Fault
Collier, Michael., 1999.
Golden Gate National Parks Association.
ISBN 0-520-21897-3, paperback, 118 pages, full color illustrations.

Stunning aerial photos and a cogent geologic history of the most famous fault on earth. Winner NPS Director’s Award, 2000



book cover of Geology of the Great Basin

Geology of the Great Basin
Fiero, Bill., 1986.
University of Nevada Press.
ISBN 0-87417-084-2, paperback, 212 pages, color & b/w photos, charts, drawings

This book is filled with black and white and color photos as well as sketches that explain the geology of the Great Basin. A terrific jargon-free guide for anyone who wants to know about the physical characteristics of the region. This best-selling book has introduced casual readers to the geologic wonders of the Great Basin for over ten years. From the sun-scorched sands of Death Valley to the briny waters of the Great Salt Lake, Fiero takes readers on an earthly tour that encompasses nearly 250,000 square miles—in six states. Magnificent color photos and informative diagrams are combined to make it easy for the nonscientist to understand this still relatively secret part of the North American Continent.



book cover of The Geology of Denali National Park

The Geology of Denali National Park
Collier, Michael., 1989.
Alaska Natural History Association.
ISBN 0-930931-04-1, paperback, 48 pages, color & b/w photos, charts, drawings.



book cover of The Geologic Story of Isle Royale National Park

The Geologic Story of Isle Royale National Park
Huber, N. King., 1983
Isle Royale Natural History Association
ISBN 0-932212-89-1, paperback, 8.5" by 5.5", 66 pages, gray scale illustrations, full color geologic map plates.

The Geologic Story of Isle Royale National Park is a study of the island's history, its landscape, and the shifting of specific rocks and minerals which produced one of the most beautiful islands in North America, with all the necessary ecological conditions for scientific studies. We take a look at the affects time, pressure and glaciers had on this island.



book cover of Hiking Americas Geology

Hiking Americas Geology
Eugene, Toni and Ron Fisher., 2003
National Geographic Society
ISBN 0-7922-6148-8, hardback, 10.25" by 7", 199 pages, full color illustrations.

Informative and beautifully illustrated, this book guides readers on geological treks through five distinctly different regions, from Maine to Hawaii, and explores how nature has shaped the landscape over millions of years. Features include:

- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hike a fiery, ever changing world of craters, lava fields, and rain forests.
- Glacier Bay National Park: Kayak up lonely fjords, then venture into a wilderness carved out by rivers of ice.
- Yosemite national Park: Scale sheer canyons and marvel at formations that inspired John Muir.
- Dinosaur National Monument: Explore our nations's paleontological treasures.
- Acadia National Park: Gaze out to sea from rocky out crops shaped by glaciers.



book cover of Great Sand Dunes:  The Shape of The Wind

Great Sand Dunes: The Shape of The Wind
Trimble, Stephen., 1978
Southwest Parks and Monuments Association
ISBN 0-911408-34-7
8.5" x 11", paperback, 32 pages, full color photography.



book cover of Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Good, John M., and Kenneth L. Pierce, 1996
Grand Teton Natural History Association
ISBN 0-931895-45-6
7.5" x 10", paperback, 58 pages, full color and grayscale photography.



Geology of the National Capital Region-Field Trip Guidebook

Geology of the National Capital Region - Field Trip Guidebook
Ciricular 1264
Edited by Scott Southworth and William Burton, 2004.
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
USGS.


book cover of Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery

Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery
Ranney, Wayne, 2005.
Grand Canyon Association
ISBN 0-938216-82-1
Paperback, 160 pages, full color photography and maps.

The Grand Canyon is one of the Earth's most recognizable landscapes. Though scientists have studied the canyon for more than 150 years, a definitive answer as to how or when the canyon formed eludes them. The one thing scientists do agree on is that the canyon was carved by the erosive power of the Colorado River, but the river itself has carried away the evidence of the canyon's earlier history.
Carving Grand Canyon provides a synopsis of the intriguing ideas and innovative theories that geologists have developed over time. This story of a fascinating landscape is told in an engaging style that non-scientists will find inviting. The story's end however, remains a mystery yet to be solved.


The Geology of Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

The Geology of Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Riehle, Jim, 2002.
Publication Consultants, Anchorage, AK
ISBN 1-888125-97-7
Paperback, 112 pages, color and black & white photography, includes bonus maps

On June 6, 1912, with only a handful of people living close enough to witness it, a volcanic eruption covered some 40 square miles of country with hundreds of feet of cinder and ash, and another 3,000 square miles with at least a foot of such material (Schullery, 2001). The eruption from Novarupta and the collapse of Mount Katmai was the world's largest volcanic event of the 20th century (Decker and Decker, 2001).


cover of Grand Canyon: Yardstick of Geologic Time

Grand Canyon: Yardstick of Geologic Time
2006.
Grand Canyon Association.

This yardstick places Grand Canyon's geologic story within the timeframe of Earth's history to provide a deep-time perspective. All of geologic time (4,500 million years) is shown as 1 yard, with one inch equaling 125 million years. What can happen in one inch? One inch represents twice the span of the Age of Mammals (the Cenozoic) and two-thirds the reign of dinosaurs (the Mesozoic). All events since the last ice age 10,000 years ago, occured within 0.00008 ince on this scale. Imagine the minute lenght of our lives within the expanse of geologic time.

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