By Donald R. Prothero
California has one of the most exact and specified geology within the usa. it's the merely nation with all 3 different types of plate limitations, a unprecedented historical past of earthquakes and volcanoes, and it has many rocks and minerals came across nowhere else. The Golden kingdom contains either the top and lowest aspect within the continental US and essentially each attainable geological characteristic identified. This publication discusses not just the $64000 geologic good points of every quarter in California, but additionally the advanced geologic 4-dimensional puzzle of the way California used to be assembled, starting over 2 billion years in the past. the writer offers up to date and authoritative assessment of the geology and geomorphology of every geologic province, in addition to fresh revelations of tectonic heritage of California’s previous. 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 easy rock and mineral kinds 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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