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California Rocks!: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State Paperback – May 15 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Pr; 1 edition (May 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878425659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878425655
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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About the Author

Katherine Baylor holds degrees in geology and geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Berkeley and works as a hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Katherine has traveled to over forty countries but always returns to California where she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking with her friends and family.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6ccfe10) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e8de10) out of 5 stars Good, But Basic Guide to Geologic Points in California June 19 2010
By KW - Published on
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A well laid out, enjoyable reference, but quite basic on the science. Would use as a starting point to review possible destinations and get a general overview of what to expect.

If you would like a bit more in-depth information, I would recommend the "Roadside Geology" series (eg. Roadside Geology of Northern California", etc.)

Attractive layout.
Gorgeous color photographs (1, 2,or 3 photos for each destination).
Good (basic) introductory info on the geology of California and the various regions of California. Perfect for a family road trip.
Beautiful satellite intro maps and maps for each region. Adequate road maps to help locate (generally) most destinations.
Good Glossary in the back (though it would have been great to have an illustrated Glossary for at least some of the words (ex. I don't think a layperson would read the definition of a "reverse fault" and fully understand it, while a small line illustration showing a reverse fault would explain it better.)

Geologic science is not very detailed.
Relatively few destinations(65)for a state as large, diverse, and geologically interesting as California.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa789c648) out of 5 stars Wonderful Introduction to California Geology June 6 2010
By W. Hodges - Published on
Format: Paperback
An easy to understand explanation of the geology of California and its parks. If you enjoy understanding the natural world around you, then you need this book. Useful maps to get you where you need to go and wonderful photos of the geology explained in the text. This is not a text book, but a good introductory field guide to the geology of California. The author does provide references if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of California's complex geologic history.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e8d840) out of 5 stars A highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library geology reference collections July 20 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
From the 1849 gold rush down to the present day, California's mineral deposits have been a constant source of wealth and geologic interest. In "California Rocks: A guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State", Katherine J. Baylor (geologist, geographer, and an hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) has compiled a superbly illustrated, 128-page guide to geologic sites of interest organized geographically: Northeast California; North Coast; San Francisco Bay Area; Sierra Nevada; Eastern Sierra; Central Coast; South Coast; and Deserts. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Geologic Time Scale; an informative introduction to 'Plate Tectonics and California'; a glossary; site contact information; a thematically oriented bibliography for further study; and a comprehensive index, "California Rocks: A guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library geology reference collections.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa79cf390) out of 5 stars This book rocks! June 8 2010
By Richard Bauer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fun and not-too-technical explainations of geology of places I've been (mostly Easteren Sierra and Bay Area) and a great excuse to explore spots I haven't been to yet. Nice maps and pictures.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6cfd66c) out of 5 stars A Different Way to Look at the Great Outdoors Nov. 1 2012
By Spindizzy - Published on
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This is a very enjoyable book describing geologically interesting places in California. It includes a wide variety of destinations but does not allocate much space to travel information - basic maps and website listings are about it. This turns out to be a wise decision since it leaves more space for striking color photographs. The quality of the photography is what leads me to rate it at five stars. It is suitable for science-minded middle school and high school kids as well as anyone who is interested in California's geology and would like to get outdoors and see it in action.