Home > Recreational and General Interest >

New!  Geological treasures of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, with a chapter on archaeology
Geological treasures Red Rock


 
Alternative Views:


Price: $25.00

Product Code: TB2
Qty:

Description
 
Title: Geological treasures of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, with a chapter on archaeology

Author: Marvin (Nick) Saines, Ph.D.; illustrations by Tony Ortiz
Year: 2022
Series:
Version:
Format: paperback, 157 pages, color
Scale:
ISBN: 9798444525500

"This book was written for visitors to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, located less than 20 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. Geographically and geologically, Spring Mountain Ranch, and Bonnie Springs development (The Reserve at Red Rock Canyon), are part of Red Rock Canyon. The RRCNCA extends from south of Route 160 north to the vicinity of Kyle Canyon and covers almost 200,000 acres. Spring Mountain Ranch covers 528 acres and is located north of Route 160 and south of the Scenic Drive.

This book is about the geological features in the southern portion of Red Rock Canyon from the vicinity of Route 160 to Brownstone Canyon (Figure 1). This is the area frequented by visitors, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. When the general geology of Red Rock Canyon is discussed, it includes Spring Mountain Ranch, which has the same rock strata. Site specific places in Spring Mountain Ranch are noted, all other locations are in the National Conservation Area (NCA).

New discoveries discussed in this book include Triassic channels cut into the Permian limestone, dinosaur footprints in the Jurassic sandstone, vertebrate fossils in the Triassic Chinle Formation, the siliceous layer and the carbonate cap in the upper Kayenta Formation, the relationship of Precariously Balanced Rocks to seismic activity in Red Rock Canyon, and the natural dam in Juniper Canyon."

About the author:
After receiving a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Massachusetts, Nick settled in Chicago where he was an international consultant, with projects in Guyana, Iran, Afghanistan, Jordan, Malaysia, and the Sultanate of Oman. He moved to Las Vegas in 1989 to work on the Yucca Mountain Project, and then worked for local engineering/environmental consulting companies, with FEMA, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. From 2011 to 2014 he was an interpretive naturalist/geologist with the Red Rock Canyon Interpretative Association (now Southern Nevada Conservancy). Many of the discoveries described in this book were made by the author and his colleagues during that period.

Nick is an adjunct professor of Environmental Science at the Community College of Southern Nevada, founder and Vice Chair of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), and Southwest Regional Director for the AEG. He leads Sierra Club hikes in Red Rock Canyon and throughout the region, does hydrogeological consulting, and does geological research on the Jurassic sandstone.

He wrote and published a children's book, inspired by his discovery of a dinosaur footprint in the Jurassic sandstone, entitled "A Dinosaur Lives in Red Rock Canyon," which is available at the gift shop in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Copyright 2022 by Marvin Saines. All Rights Reserved.

Related items
Geologic tours in the Las Vegas area: Expanded edition with GPS coordinates
Price: $33.00
Geologic tours in the Las Vegas area: Expanded edition with GPS coordinates
A dinosaur lives in Red Rock Canyon
Price: $10.95
A dinosaur lives in Red Rock Canyon