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Dinosaur tracks preserved in sandstone, knobs of granite rising from the plains, and springs cascading down limestone cliffs are just a few of the fascinating geologic features discussed in Roadside Geology of Oklahoma, a guide to more than 35 roads that crisscross the state. Longtime Oklahoma Geological Survey geologist Neil Suneson tells you what to look for along the roads, points you to nearby parks with interesting rocks and crystals, and recounts the history of radium mineral baths, coal mines, fossil excavations, and petroleum drilling, not to mention the rush for nonexistent gold in the Wichita Mountains. And lest you think nothing has happened recently, geologically speaking, in the southern midcontinent, you'll learn about a fault that broke the land surface a mere 1250 years ago and is capable of generating a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Suneson also gets you up to speed on more modern considerations such as groundwater depletion, petroleum fracking, and strip mine reclamation. Take this book along fro a ride as you roll across the red plains east to the Ozark Plateau, west to the Panhandle, or south to the Ouachita, Arbuckle and Wichita Mountains.
A family vacation spent touring national parks int he West ignited Neil Suneson's lifelong passion for geology, which he went on to study at Amherst College (OS 1972) Arizona State University (MA 1976), and the University of California at Santa Barbara (PhD 1980). Neil joined the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 1986 and worked there until his retirement in 2017. The Roadside Geology of Oklahoma caps his long career of walking Oklahoma's ridges, streambeds, trails, and roads as a field geologist. Neil and his wife, Judy Reynolds, live in Norman, and have two adult sons and two granddaughters.