By Donald R. Prothero
California has one of the most specific and specified geology within the usa. it's the purely kingdom with all 3 kinds of plate limitations, a unprecedented background of earthquakes and volcanoes, and it has many rocks and minerals discovered nowhere else. The Golden country comprises either the top and lowest aspect within the continental US and virtually each feasible geological function identified. This ebook discusses not just the real geologic positive factors of every quarter in California, but additionally the complicated geologic 4-dimensional puzzle of ways California used to be assembled, starting over 2 billion years in the past. the writer presents up to date and authoritative evaluate of the geology and geomorphology of every geologic province, in addition to fresh revelations of tectonic heritage of California’s earlier. There are separate chapters on a few of California’s certain geologic assets, together with gold, oil, water, coastlines, and fossils. An introductory part describes uncomplicated rock and mineral forms and primary points of plate tectonics, in order that scholars and different readers could make feel of the unusual, wild, and loopy jigsaw puzzle that's California's geological history.
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