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Book cover of Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology

Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Geology.
Abbott, Lon and Terri Cook, 2004.
The Mountaineers Books.
ISBN 0-89886-895-5
5.9” x 9”, paperback, 301 pages, full color and black and white photography, and illustrations.

This guidebook has a little bit of something for everyone from half-day walks to rugged multi-day backpacking trips. Each of the 18 excursions included illustrate a particular theme in the geologic evolution of the Grand Canyon. Other helpful features include GPS coordinates for better navigation to points of interest and information on geologic concepts suitable for the non-geologist, as well as details about permits, lodging and the ever-popular mule rides.


book cover of A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau

A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau.
Baars, Donald L., 2002.
The University of Utah Press.
ISBN 0-87480-715-8
paperback, 294 pages, black and white photographs, plus 8 page section of full color photos.

A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau will enrich and enliven any road trip through the varied landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. Its mile-by-mile road logs for every highway and many sidetrips will take you from the southernmost reaches of the plateau in Sedona, AZ to Vernal, UT in the north; from the red rocks of Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah to the soaring peaks of the San Juan Mountains near Durango, CO. Written by a geologist who has spent more than 45 years studying the Four Corners region, this is the most comprehensive, up-to-date geological guide to the Colorado Plateau.


book cover of Roadside Geology: Wupatki Crater and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments

Roadside Geology: Wupatki Crater and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments.
Hanson, Sarah L., 2003.
Arizona Geological Survey.
ISBN 1-892001-19-5
paperback, 32 pages, full color photographs

This book gives an overview of the geology of Wupatki and Sunset craters as well as a road guide to stops in the national monuments. Detailed descriptions of the geology at each stop are included.


book cover of Geology Along Trail Ridge Road

Geology Along Trail Ridge Road
A Self Guided Tour for Motorists
Rocky Mountain National Park
Raup, Omer B., 1996.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association with Falcon Press Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN 1-56044-481-9, paperback, 75 pages, full color photographs and illustrations.

The fascinating geologic episodes that created this amazing scenery come to life in an extraordinary book written by a veteran USGS geologist. Instructive color photos and informative text detail geological formations viewed from 17 stops along Trail Ridge Road. Includes a three-dimensional foldout map.


book cover Canyon Country: A Geologic Guide to the Canyonlands Travel Region

Canyon Country: A Geologic Guide to the Canyonlands Travel Region
Eldredge, Sandra., 1996.
Utah Geological Survey, Public Information Series 34.
ISBN 1-55791-373-0, paperback, 24 pages, full color maps, geologic cross sections, and photos.

This guide introduces you to the rocks' stories, to enhance your travels and your appreciation of the region. Along designated scenic byways of southeastern Utah this full color, easy-to-read pamphlet discusses the area's geology and fascinating landforms.



book cover of The Sculpturing of Zion

The Sculpturing of Zion
A Road Guide to the Geology of Zion National Park
Hamilton, Wayne L., 1992.
Zion Natural History Association.
ISBN 0-915630-13-3, paperback, 132 pages, full color photography and illustrations.

"Wayne L. Hamilton's The Sculpturing Of Zion is an impressive blend of science and art. The processes operating in this region are addressed in a manner that makes it easy for a non-geologist to understand."

— Gary McKenzie, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Ohio State University
from a review in the "Journal Of Geologic Education"


book cover of A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Moore, Harry L.,1988.
The University of Tennessee Press / Knoxville.
ISBN 0-87049-558-5, paperback, 178 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations.

A non-technical guide to geologic points of interest along several popular drives and hiking trails in the park. Maps, drawings, and photos provide a fascinating, informative introduction to the geological history of the Smokies.


book cover to Guide to the Volcanoes of the Western Wrangell Mountains Alaska

Guide to the Volcanoes of the Western Wrangell Mountains Alaska
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Richter, D.H., Rosenkrans, D.S., Steigerwald M.J., 1995.
USGS Bulletin 2072
paperback, 36 pages, color and grayscale illustrations, full color photography.

Magnificent, breathtaking views of snow-covered Wrangell Mountain peaks await every visitor to this part of Alaska. Mount Wrangell itself, a massive shield-shaped volcano and namesake of the range, still signals its active presence with steam plumes, while nearby, Mounts Sanford, Drum, and Blackburn lie dormant. Knowing that these large mountains are volcanoes provokes many intriguing questions: When did they last erupt? How tall are they? Will they erupt again? These are some of the questions answered in this guidebook.


book cover to The Big Bend of the Rio Grande
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande
A Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park
Guidebook #7
Maxwell, Ross A., 1968.
Bureau of Economic Geology; The University of Texas at Austin.
paperback, 138 pages, grayscale illustrations and photography, full color 1:62,500 scale geologic map.

A complete geological description of the National Park is given in this semi popular guide to the region. Rocks of undifferentiated Paleozoic to Tertiary and Quaternary age are shown on a map and described. Details of the origins of various geomorphic features are included, along with an account of the general human history of the region.


book cover of Guide to the Permian Reef Geology Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Western Texas
Guide to the Permian Reef Geology Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, West Texas
Guidebook #26
Bebout, Don G. and Charles Kerans, editors., 1993.
Bureau of Economic Geology; The University of Texas at Austin
paperback, 48 pages, full color illustrations and photography.

Highly technical, recommended for college and graduate level geologists.




book cover of The Geology of Mount Desert Island
The Geology of Mount Desert Island
A Visitors Guide to the Geology of Acadia National Park
Maine Geological Survey, Department of Conservation., 1988.
paperback, 50 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations, colorful 1:50,000 scale geologic maps

The purpose of this visitor's guide is simple: we hope that an understanding of the geologic processes which formed the island's spectacular scenery will leave the reader with a greater appreciation for both Mount Desert Island and the national park. This book summarizes the geologic history of Mount Desert Island and serves as a guide to geologic features located within and adjacent to the park. The accompanying geologic maps, used in conjunction with the text, allow readers to identify various geologic features on Mount Desert Island and understand how they came into being.


book cover of Geology along Going-to-the-Sun Road Glacier National Park, Montana
Geology along Going-to-the-Sun Road Glacier National Park, Montana
A Self-Guided Tour for Motorists
Raup, Omer B. et al., 1983
Glacier Natural History Association.
ISBN 0-934318-11-5, paperback, 62 pages, full color photography, grayscale illustrations.



book cover of Geology along Skyline Drive

Geology along Skyline Drive
A Self-Guided Tour for Motorists
Badger, Robert L., 1999
Falcon Publishing Inc., Helena Montana
ISBN 1-56044-691-9, paperback, 100 pages, full color photography, grayscale and color illustrations.

One of the most famous and beautiful roads in the United States, Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive stretches 105 miles along the crest of Virginias lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenery is stunning, recreation opportunities abound, and the rocks that form the rolling hills and steep mountain-sides tell an amazing story about the formation of this area. With this new easy to use guide, author and geologist Robert Badger introduces the wonders along this road to travelers who make their way across these fascinating rocks formed by ancient volcanoes. Badger uses color photos, maps, and diagrams to take the reader back in time to an era when molten rock formed the landscape and to explain the geologic puzzles left behind by years of weathering and erosion. When you peer at the layers in the roadcuts, marvel at the huge boulders at Franklin Cliffs Overlook, admire the shape of the horizon at Old Rag Mountain, and wonder how the rocks and hills were formed, all you have to do is turn the page to find the easy to understand explanation in words and pictures. A glossary of geologic terms and helpful appendices make Geology Along Skyline Drive the essential carry along guide to this scenic road.


map cover of Geology of Great Smoky Mountains

Geology of Great Smoky Mountains
Kemp, Steve, Editor. 2000.
Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Assosiation.

This guide includes a brief history of the Great Smoky Mountains area as well as hikes that can be enjoyed within the park. Also included is a geologic map of the park.

book cover of A Guide to the Geology of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve

A Guide to the Geology of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve
John V. Bezy, James T. Gutmann, and Gordon B. Haxel. 2000.
Arizona Geological Survey.


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