It's a little-known fact, but Mississippi has a volcano. True, it's buried under 2,600 feet of sediment, but it was red hot and active roughly 79 to 69 million years ago, and evidence of its bulging remains are visible in the Jacksonville area.
Mississippi emerged along the edge of a massive tear that formed as tectonics tried to rip the continent asunder. The full rift was never realized, but like a crack in a foundation, everything built on top of it has been affected. The failed rift became a linear basin, stretching from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico, and for millions upon millions of years the sea rose and fell in this embayment, leaving behind tens of thousands of feet of sediment. The Mighty Mississippi River, one of the state's youngest and most dynamic features, follows the rift's contours today.
In Roadside Geology of Mississippi geoscientists Stan Galicki and Darrel Schmitz unearth the state's deeply buried stories in 63 road logs that traverse the entire state, from the Gulf Coast to the state's highest point (807 feet!) in the northeast corner. A healthy dose of full-colour illustrations and photos complements the authors illuminating geologic tales. With Roadside Geology of Mississippi in hand, you'll understand the underpinnings of the Magnolia State as never before.
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Stan Galicki has thirty-three years of experience as a geologist, twenty-four as a professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He worked in petroleum exploration prior to taking on academic responsibilities. His primary research fields include sedimentary depositional environments, wetland biogeochemistry, and dendrochronology. Stan is a registered professional geologist and member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Geological Society of America.
Darrel Schmitz has thirty-five years of experience as a geologist and has spent the last twenty-five as a professor at Mississippi State University. Darrel is a registered professional geologist in Mississippi and has experience primarily with the development and protection of water and fossil fuel resources. Darrel is active in professional organizations, having served as president of both the National Association of State Boards of Geology and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. He is also a fellow of the Geological Society of America.
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