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Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley


Learn about the Geology of Death Valley and Owens Valley with maps, photos and expert descriptions! This 6"x9" paperback has 329 pages that are packed with detailed information about Death Valley and Owens Valley Geology. See table of contents below.

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens ValleyTable of Contents

The Geology of Eastern California 1
Part 1: Death Valley and Vicinity 7
1. An Intrepid Explorer
The Mojave River9
2. A Collector of Volcanic Ashes
Ancient Lake Tecopa19
3. It's a Coal Seam, It's a Dike, It's a Welded Tuff!
The Resting Spring Pass Volcanic Tuff27
4. A Lunar Landscape
The Trona Pinnacles of Searles Lake33
5. A Huge Bathtub without a Drain
Pleistocene Lake Manly and the Salt Pan41
6. Dynamic Desert Landforms
Alluvial Fans and Debris Cones55
7. Youthful Tectonism
Fault Scarps in Fans67
8. Rocks Split Asunder
Salt Weathering79
9. A Tale of Two Mysteries
Turtlebacks and Missing Rocks87
10. True Grit
Sandblasted Stones on Ventifact Ridge99
11. A Diversionary Tale
Gower Gulch107
12. Nature's Crafted Mosaics and the Tanning Process
Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish119
13. Wind at Play in Nature's Sandbox
The Mesquite Dunes129
14. A Cut-and-Fill Saga
Mosaic Canyon139
15. A Big Explosion
Ubehebe Crater153
16. Wind at Work
The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa161
Part 2: Owens Valley and Vicinity 175
17. The Falls of an Ice Age
Fossil Falls on Glacial Owens River177
18. A Story of Desiccation
Once-Blue Owens Lake185
19. A Frightful Earthquake
The Owens Valley Shock of 1872195
20. A Buried, Weathered Giant
The Alabama Hills203
21. Basins and Ranges
The Waucobi Lakebeds211
22. The Oldest Living Things
Bristlecone Pines and the Rocks They Prefer219
23. Dating an Old Glaciation
The Big Pumice Cut225
24. A Disappearing Fault
The Hilton Creek Fault233
25. East Meets West
Glacial Moraines at Convict Lake241
26. A Crack Runs through It
The Earthquake Fault and Inyo Craters251
27. Fun and Games on Living Volcanoes
Mammoth Mountain and Long Valley Caldera259
28. Columnar Jointing at Its Best
Devils Postpile271
29. An Ominous Ooze
Obsidian Dome279
30. Mountains of Glass
The Mono Domes289
Glossary297
Sources of Supplemental Information 308
Index 313