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In Search of Ancient Oregon A Geological and Natural History

Geology Guide Out of Print
By: Ellen Morris Bishop
288 pages, 219 colour photos, 4 colour drwgs, 1 map, 1 geologic time line
Publisher: Timber Press
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  • In Search of Ancient Oregon ISBN: 9780881927894 Paperback Sep 2006 Out of Print #160060
  • In Search of Ancient Oregon ISBN: 9780881925906 Hardback Dec 2003 Out of Print #157267
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Geology is an extremely visual subject, and In Search of Ancient Oregon is a beautifully photographed, expertly written account of Oregon's fascinating geological story. Written by a passionate and professional geologist who has spent countless hours in the field exploring and photographing the state, In Search of Ancient Oregon is a book for all those interested in Oregon's landscapes and environments. It presents fine-art-quality color photographs of well-known features such as Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Steens Mountain, the Columbia River Gorge, and Cannon Beach, and scenic, not so well known places such as Jordan Craters, Leslie Gulch, Abert Rim, Hells Canyon, Elkhorn Mountains, and Three Fingered Jack. Each of the more than 220 stunning photographs is accompanied by readable text, presenting the story of how Oregon's diverse landscapes evolved - and what we may expect in the future. Until now, no book has presented this dynamic story in a way that everyone interested in Oregon's natural history can easily understand. The combination of extraordinary photographs and the author's lucid explanations make this book both unique and essential for those curious about our own contemporary landscape.

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An accomplished geologist, photographer, environmental advocate, and teacher, Ellen Morris Bishop also happens to be passionate about the diverse landforms of Oregon. In studying Oregon's natural history, Ellen realized that the fascinating stories told by the landscape were only accessible to other researchers. With a desire to bring the entire chronicle of Oregon's geological and natural history to the general public, Ellen set out to write In Search of Ancient Oregon.With more than two decades of experience in geological research and a firsthand knowledge of the landscapes of Oregon, Ellen is eminently qualified to reveal the state's unique history. Ellen has earned degrees in geology from Dickinson College (B.S.) and Oregon State University (M.S. and Ph.D.) and completed postgraduate studies with the geological research division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research helped define Oregon's exotic terranes, including the Baker terrane, and the terranes of the Blue Mountains. An avid educator, Ellen has held both research and teaching positions at Marylhurst University, Lewis and Clark College, Eastern Oregon University, the University of Arkansas, Sul Ross State University, and Oregon State University. In these roles she has authored multiple technical publications and educated up-and-coming geologists. She has lived in communities throughout Oregon from Portland to Madras, and Eugene to La Grande and regularly hikes the diverse landscapes that make up Oregon's backcountry.While geologists have a mantra that the present is the key to the past, Ellen strongly believes that the past is also a key to the future. This has led her to use her expertise about geology and past ecosystems to educate the public about environmental issues. She has worked as director of the Pacific Rivers Council's Community Rivers Program, as public education coordinator for the Columbia River Bioregion Campaign, and as an extended day coordinator and grant writer for the SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) program at Whitaker Middle School. She has also organized many conferences that have addressed environmental and geological issues. In her role as staff writer for The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington) and freelance writer for The Oregonian (Portland), Ellen has regularly informed the public about scientific, environmental, and technological issues.Ellen also has substantial training and experience as a professional photographer. She has worked as a photojournalist for several papers throughout the Northwest, and her landscape photos have been used and displayed by the Sierra Club, Oregon Natural Resources Council, and the Nature Conservancy.
Geology Guide Out of Print
By: Ellen Morris Bishop
288 pages, 219 colour photos, 4 colour drwgs, 1 map, 1 geologic time line
Publisher: Timber Press
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Fantastic. Open Spaces 20030804 Bishop guides us through Oregon's formative epochs with the sure hand of a scientist who's comfortable communication beyond the often arcane confines of science. -- John Terry Oregonian 20030929 The author's photos bring the story of Oregon's landscapes to life. Publishers Weekly 20030922 A fantastic exploration via photo and readable text of how powerful geologic forces delivered the extraordinary landscape we know today as Oregon. Open Spaces 20031027 Among the best of a batch of excellent new offerings ('about Oregon delights') is In Search of Ancient Oregon. -- Lee Juillerat Herald and News 20031026 Until now, no book has presented this dynamic story in a way that everyone interested in Oregon's natural history can easily understand. Hood River News 20031004 Oregon has never seen a book quite like this. It is a book to be paged through admiring the photos, then read slowly, and finally placed in your bookcase as a reference. Bishop's work will be around for a long time. -- Virgil Rupp Northwest Books 20030907 Anyone who thinks geology and natural history are dull will change their minds after glancing through this book. It's accessible, well designed, thorough, accurate and easily calls forth vivid visions of Oregon in the distant past. -- Dan Hays Salem Statesman Journal 20031109 There is plenty of scientific intellectualism in her book, it is revealed in a way that is easy to swallow and comfortable to digest. -- Mardi Ford La Grande Observer 20031009 Bishop's expertise as a writer comes through with an exceedingly well informed and yet readable account of the 400-million-year history of the region. -- Douglas Palmer New Scientist 20031018 Available, understandable, and interesting to audiences beyond professional geologists. -- Cindy Omann Hells Canyon Journal 20031029 In Search of Ancient Oregon is an interesting resource for guides wanting to share more information about the state's unique and dramatic geological history that formed its mountains, gorges, lakes, vistas, coastline and reefs. Travel Planner's Resource to the West 20030909 This lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed book pulled me in. -- Lois Wadsworth Eugene Weekly 20031106 A riveting natural history ... Oregon's treasures sparkle even more when they're understood. -- Jonathan Nicholas Oregonian 20030718 Oregon's everchanging landscape is explored in this absorbing book about the state's geological and ecological history. -- Leslie Forsberg Alaska Airlines Magazine 20030929 A fascinating book looking into the geology and natural history of Oregon stretching back some 400 million years. Its wealth of superlative photographs is the ideal accompaniment to a text that is lively in its unfolding. -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20040609 Highly recommended. -- J. M. Dahl Choice 20040423 Recommended for anyone who has an interest in either geology or Oregon. -- Susan Clark E-Streams 20040223 An up-to-date and beautifully illustrated popular account of historical geography of Oregon and the Klamath Province of California. The plant hunter will be especially interested. Rock Garden Quarterly 20040701
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