California's Amazing Geology

Donald R. Prothero

© 2016 - CRC Press
Published December 2, 2016
Textbook - 480 Pages - 682 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781498707916 - CAT# K24914

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      • First up-to-date textbook on California's geology in many years
      • The author has 30 years of teaching geology and doing research and field trips in California
      • Introduces California's unique geological history
      • Covers fundamentals of geology
      • Characterizes specific geographical regions of California
      • Describes major geological resources of California
      • Summarizes the paleontology of California
      • Reviews the likely impact of climate change on California's environment


      California has some of the most distinctive and unique geology in the United States. It is the only state with all three types of plate boundaries, an extraordinary history of earthquakes and volcanoes, and it has many rocks and minerals found nowhere else. The Golden State includes both the highest and lowest point in the continental US and practically every conceivable geological feature known. This book discusses not only the important geologic features of each region in California, but also the complex geologic four-dimensional puzzle of how California was assembled, beginning over 2 billion years ago. The author provides up-to-date and authoritative review of the geology and geomorphology of each geologic province, as well as recent revelations of tectonic history of California’s past. There are separate chapters on some of California’s distinctive geologic resources, including gold, oil, water, coastlines, and fossils. An introductory section describes basic rock and mineral types and fundamental aspects of plate tectonics, so that students and other readers can make sense of the bizarre, wild, and crazy jigsaw puzzle that is California's geological history.