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Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes, and Other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast Hardcover – Oct 13 2015

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (Oct. 13 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520280040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520280045
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #872,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a compelling narrative and clear illustrations, Surf, Sand, and Stone outlines how the coast will be altered in the future and how we can best prepare for it."
(Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report 2016-01-07)

"Reading Meldahl’s Surf, Sand, and Stone brought back to me the thrill I felt when discovering geography... [Meldahl] describes often-complex processes in a dazzlingly clear, unpretentious, and entertaining style."
(Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers)

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“Meldahl takes the reader on a tour of coastal Southern California, deftly explaining its complex geologic history, coastal geology, surfing spots, and the processes that shape them. Richly illustrated and told with great humor and enlightening analogies, Surf, Sand, and Stone is easily accessible yet contains valuable resources for those who want to delve deeper.”—Mark Johnsson, staff geologist, California Coastal Commission

“How refreshing to discover a book about Southern California’s complex geology that is written for those of us who want to learn, but who do not have a strong background in this field. I’ll take this excellent guide with me whenever I go exploring.”—Joan Easton Lentz, author of A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

"Surf, Sand, and Stone is an entertaining and very readable explanation of the complex geology and oceanography of the Southern California coast. Meldahl must be an excellent teacher as he has a real gift for writing about complex topics in a comfortable, engaging, and fascinating manner." —Gary Griggs, Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

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