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Geology of the American Southwest: A Journey Through Two Billion Years of Plate Tectonic History

Geology Guide

By: W Scott Baldridge

272 pages, Col plates & diags

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 2004 | #142164 | ISBN: 0521016665
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Hardback | May 2004 | #142163 | ISBN: 0521816394
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About this book

The Southwest USA is considered a geologist's 'dream', and attracts a large number of amateur geologists and undergraduate field classes. This book provides the first concise and accessible account of the geology and landscape of the region.

'This well-written and well-illustrated book ! provides an accessible account of the evolution of the region from the Palaeoproterozoic onwards.' Progress in Physical Geography 'This is a very approachable book, and could be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in geology ! this is a good read and sets out what was intended !'. The Open University Geological Society Journal '! the plot moves along briskly, unburdened by superfluous detail ! clear analysis ! this is an informative and entertaining book to buy the next time you take your family to see Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley or the Grand Canyon, or they take you to Phoenix or Las Vegas.' Geological Magazine


Preface; Notes and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Growth of a continent: formation and stabilization of continental lithosphere; 2. Tantalizing time; 3. The international connection: breakup of a supercontinent; 4. Stability to orogeny: transformation of the Western Margin; 5. Pangea! Collision with Gondwana; 6. Deserts to dinosaurs; 7. Western orogeny; 8. The modern Southwest; References; Glossary; Index.

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W. Scott Baldridge is a Research Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico. He is currently an associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. In 1998 he received an Excellence in Geophysical Education Award from the American Geophysical Union, and in 2000 a Special Commendation Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He has published widely in the scientific literature. His passion for field geology has taken him to all corners of the American Southwest, and beyond.

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