Carving Grand Canyon provides a synopsis of the intriguing ideas and innovative theories that geologists have developed over time. This story of a fascinating landscape is told in an engaging style that nonscientists will find inviting. The story’s end, however, remains a mystery yet to be solved.
This second edition of the leading book on Grand Canyon geology contains the most recent discoveries and interpretations of the origin and history of the canyon. It includes two entirely new chapters: one on debris flow in the Canyon and one on Holocene deposits in the canyon. All chapters have been updated where necessary and all photographs have been replaced or re-screened for better resolution. Written by acknowledged experts in stratigraphy, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology, volcanism, and seismology, this book offers a wealth of information for students, geologists, and general readers interested in acquiring an understanding of the geological history of this great natural wonder.
A guide to the Grand Canyon for rim walkers, day hikers, and serious backpackers, presented from the point of view of geologists. An overview introduces readers to the area's geological history, followed by detailed narratives of 18 hikes. For each hike the authors explore a geological theme, focusing on aspects of the canyon's evolution that are particularly well-illustrated along its length. Basic information such as trail length, elevation change, and difficulty level starts each chapter.
Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
Author: Michael F. Anderson
Publisher: Grand Canyon Assn
A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are nearly 200 historical photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region.
I Am the Grand Canyon is the story of the Havasupai people. From their origins among the first group of Indians to arrive in North America some 20,000 years ago to their epic struggle to regain traditional lands taken from them in the nineteenth century, the Havasupai have a long and colorful history. The story of this tiny tribe once confined to a toosmall reservation depicts a people with deep cultural ties to the land, both on their former reservation below the rim of the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus. In the spring of 1971, the federal government proposed incorporating still more Havasupai land into Grand Canyon National Park. At hearings that spring, Havasupai Tribal Chairman Lee Marshall rose to speak. “I heard all you people talking about the Grand Canyon,” he said. “Well, you’re looking at it. I am the Grand Canyon!” Marshall made it clear that Havasu Canyon and the surrounding plateau were critical to the survival of his peop≤ his speech laid the foundation for the return of thousands of acres of Havasupai land in 1975. I Am the Grand Canyon is the story of a heroic people who refused to back down when facing overwhelming odds. They won, and today the Havasupai way of life quietly continues in the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus.
Imagine seeing the varied landscapes of the earth as they used to look throughout hundreds of millions of years of earth history. Tropical seas lap on the shores of an Arizona beach. Immense sand dunes shift and swirl in Sahara-like deserts in Utah and New Mexico. Ancient rivers spill from a mountain range in Colorado that was a precursor to the modern Rockies. Such flights of geologic fancy are now tangible through the thought-provoking and beautiful paleogeographic maps, reminiscent of the maps in world atlases we all paged through as children, of Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.Ron Blakey of Northern Arizona University is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau. For more than fifteen years, he has meticulously created maps that show how numerous past landscapes gave rise to the region’s stunning geologic formations. Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau is the first book to showcase Blakey’s remarkable work. His maps are accompanied by text by Wayne Ranney, geologist and award-winning author of Carving Grand Canyon. Ranney takes readers on a fascinating tour of the many landscapes depicted in the maps, and Blakey and Ranney’s fruitful collaboration brings the past alive like never before.Features: More than 70 state-of-the-art paleogeographic maps of the region and of the world, developed over many years of geologic research Detailed yet accessible text that covers the geology of the plateau in a way nongeologists can appreciate More than 100 full-color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations A detailed guide of where to go to see the spectacular rocks of the region
Kim Crumbo, a river ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, has written a guide to the rich human history of the river and its canyon. Every rapid and other point of interest is discussed and clearly marked.
This concise and comprehensive text explains all the Grand Canyon essentials. With its wide range of topics, readers pick and choose what to read and learn: geology, including the main theories about the canyon’s process of creation, natural and human history, an abstract of the John Wesley Powell saga, a description of South Rim trails, and details about the canyon’s dimensions and varying ecozones from rim to river. Presented in three parts, the text is written in a forthright manner, whose literary style avoids extraneous details and embellished writing. Thus, The Everything Grand Canyon Book provides readers with a factual account, whose subject matter aligns with an interpretative account of subject matter, and not just a description. (Note: the standard book format page-count is 53 pages, while the ePublishing format may be 2 or 3 times as high.)
Uses panoramic photographs to present a visual tour of the Grand Canyon's geology, from the canyon's rims to the Colorado River and from its beginning at Lees Ferry to its conclusion 277 miles downstream at the Grand Wash Cliffs.
The quest to pinpoint the age of the Earth is nearly as old as humanity itself. For most of history, people trusted mythology or religion to provide the answer, even though nature abounds with clues to the past of the Earth and the stars. In A Natural History of Time, geophysicist Pascal Richet tells the fascinating story of how scientists and philosophers examined those clues and from them built a chronological scale that has made it possible to reconstruct the history of nature itself. Richet begins his story with mythological traditions, which were heavily influenced by the seasons and almost uniformly viewed time cyclically. The linear history promulgated by Judaism, with its story of creation, was an exception, and it was that tradition that drove early Christian attempts to date the Earth. For instance, in 169 CE, the bishop of Antioch, for instance declared that the world had been in existence for “5,698 years and the odd months and days.” Until the mid-eighteenth century, such natural timescales derived from biblical chronologies prevailed, but, Richet demonstrates, with the Scientific Revolution geological and astronomical evidence for much longer timescales began to accumulate. Fossils and the developing science of geology provided compelling evidence for periods of millions and millions of years—a scale that even scientists had difficulty grasping. By the end of the twentieth century, new tools such as radiometric dating had demonstrated that the solar system is four and a half billion years old, and the universe itself about twice that, though controversial questions remain. The quest for time is a story of ingenuity and determination, and like a geologist, Pascal Richet carefully peels back the strata of that history, giving us a chance to marvel at each layer and truly appreciate how far our knowledge—and our planet—have come.
A nearly 1,000-page literary tour of 85 scenic icons based on an interpretive account of national parks, monuments, state parks, and archeological ruins. Focus on geology, human and natural history. Where applicable, additional matter is introduced (i.e., hiking trails, archeoastronomy, and desert ecology). Presented in the guise of an encyclopedia the text can be read from cover-to-cover or piecemeal. Reader decides which destinations to select. Information is layered from easy and essential to the more detailed. Reader also decides what to peruse. Additional Background inserts suffice as footnotes; therefore optional text. Contact information and directions also listed. Bitly URL’s embedded in destinations activate Google images, graphics, charts and illustrations. There are six addenda of subject matter relative to the scope of the text; also, bibliography.
This traveler's guidebook takes the reader on a virtual sightseeing and educational jaunt along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Thus, conveying all aspects of the canyon: geology, natural and human history, including six addenda on relevant subject matter (i.e., facts about the Colorado Plateau, things to do and see in Grand Canyon Village, and a lexicon of geologic terms. Using the South Rim's interpretive walking timeline trail as a means to disseminate information to the reader, this factual and informative text presents common details in an uncommon way. Specifically, a demotic writing style that changes the academics of geoscience, natural and human history into a casual parlance employed by educator-guides addressing clients, students and friends. Along The Trail Of Time, therefore, feigns its own tour, only in a literary sense, while explaining details without sermonizing. Standard book format: 193 pages
This stunningly beautiful, oversized (10x13) book is lavishly illustrated with breathtaking color imagery by American's leading landscape photographers. In addition to the stunning photography, the book also includes detailed maps of the park and region and insightful, heartfelt narratives detailing the park's natural and human histories.