Assembling California by John McPhee - PDF and EPUB eBook

(Annals of the Former World #4)
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At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a...

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Details of Assembling California

Exact title of the book
Assembling California
Book series
Annals of the Former World #4
Book author
John McPhee
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
294 pages
Language
English
Published
February 1st 1994 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
File size (in PDF)
1176 kB
Assembling California

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At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis. The result of these trips is Assembling California, a cross-section in human and geologic time, from Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada through the golden foothills of the Mother Lode and across the Great Central Valley to the wine country of the Coast Ranges, the rock of San Francisco, and the San Andreas family of faults. The two disparate time scales occasionally intersect-in the gold disruptions of the nineteenth century no less than in the earthquakes of the twentieth-and always with relevance to a newly understood geologic history in which half a dozen large and separate pieces of country are seen to have drifted in from far and near to coalesce as California.

McPhee and Moores also journeyed to remote mountains of Arizona and to Cyprus and northern Greece, where rock of the deep-ocean floor has been transported into continental settings, as it has in California. Global in scope and a delight to read, Assembling California is a sweeping narrative of maps in motion, of evolving and dissolving lands.