344 pages | 444 Color Illus.
Millions of Americans and international travelers go on road trips through the United States every year. Although many travel through these areas, most have little to no understanding of the geology or how the landscape came to be. Written by a career geologist with decades of experience in the field, North America’s Natural Wonders provides everything the reader needs to understand the landscape. It guides readers through the most iconic geologically-significant scenery in North America, points out features of interest, explains what they are seeing, and describes how these features came to be.
Presented as classic excursions to some of the best-known natural wonders on the continent, Volume I focuses primarily on Western North America, including the Canadian Rockies, the Southwest, Great Basin, and Tetons-Yellowstone Country. The trips detailed in this volume include stops at quintessential features such as the glaciers and mountains of Banff National Park, the Grand Canyon, the numerous parks in Utah, and the geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, as well as many others. It also features discussions of lesser known but equally interesting geologic formations and important information on accessing these sites.
This detailed and extensive guide will explain to the curious layman, the interested general public, the rock hound, the student, and the geologist what they are seeing when they look at a roadcut, quarry, or interesting scenery. A full understanding of the genesis and history of the natural formations the reader might encounter will inspire travelers and enhance the experience far beyond simple sightseeing.
Introduction. Canadian Rockies. Continental Margin, California. Basin-and-Range to Yellowstone Hotspot. Colorado Plateau and Colorado Rockies. Central Appalacians. Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico. Conclusion