Rough-Hewn Land by Keith Heyer Meldahl
A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains

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Informative and highly readable, "Rough-Hewn Land" belongs on the shelf of any Westerner curious about how that stunning view through the windshield came to be.
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"Unfold a map of North America," Keith Heyer Meldahl writes, "and the first thing to grab your eye is the bold shift between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains." In this absorbing book, Meldahl takes readers on a 1000-mile-long field trip back through more than 100 million years of deep time to explore America’s most spectacular and scientifically intriguing landscapes. He places us on the outcrops, rock hammer in hand, to examine the evidence for how these rough-hewn lands came to be. We see California and its gold assembled from pieces of old ocean floor and the relentless movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates. We witness the birth of the Rockies. And we investigate the violent earthquakes that continue to shape the region today. Into the West’s geologic story, Meldahl also weaves its human history. As we follow the adventures of John C. Frémont, Mark Twain, the Donner party, and other historic characters, we learn how geologic forces have shaped human experience in the past and how they direct the fate of the West today.
 

About Keith Heyer Meldahl

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  Keith Heyer Meldahl is professor of geology and oceanography at Mira Costa College.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by University of California Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Bettina Boxall on Jan 29 2012

Informative and highly readable, "Rough-Hewn Land" belongs on the shelf of any Westerner curious about how that stunning view through the windshield came to be.

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