Rough-Hewn Land
Rough-Hewn Land
A Geological Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains
Keith Heyer Meldahl



The astounding story of 100 million years of Western U.S. history. Accessible, informative, scholarly, yet compellingly written—don't miss this eye-opener of a geology book! —Recommended by Nancy, City Lights Books

"Unfold a map of North America," Keith Heyer Meldahl writes, "and the first thing to grab your eye is the bold shift between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains." In this absorbing book, 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. Frémont, Mark Twain, the Donner party, and other historic characters, we learn how geologic forces have shaped human experience in the past and how they direct the fate of the West today.

Title Rough-Hewn Land
Subtitle A Geological Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains
Author Keith Heyer Meldahl
Publisher University of California Press
Title First Published 01 May 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 318 p.
ISBN-10 0520275772
ISBN-13 9780520275775
Publication Date 01 May 2013
Main content page count 318
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $27.95
 


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