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Title: Roadside geology of Nevada

Author: Frank DeCourten and Norma Biggar
Year: February 2017
Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Roadside Geology Series
Format: paperback, 416 pages, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-87842-672-0

Driving through Nevada, you may be miles from nowhere, but you are never far from an interesting rock, the shoreline of an ice age lake, or an active or historic mine. The Silver State has some of the most diverse geology in the United States, and much of it lies in plain sight thanks to the arid climate of the Great Basin. Geologic forces continue to shape Nevada, stretching it apart and bringing magma near the surface. Earthquakes periodically rock its lonely outposts, creating some of the biggest fault scarps in the world. With the help of Roadside Geology of Nevada, you can appreciate geologic features along more than thirty of Nevada’s highways.

Some of Nevada’s Geologic Highlights:
  • Great Basin National Park’s limestone caverns
  • Virginia City and the Comstock Lode
  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds
  • Valley of Fire’s bright red rock
  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park’s fossil reptiles
  • Lake Tahoe’s granitic eastern shore
  • Pyramid Lake’s tufa towers
  • Ruby Mountains’ glacially carved Lamoille Canyon
  • Red Rock Canyon’s Jurassic sandstone
  • Alamo’s extraterrestrial impact
  • Virgin Valley’s fossils and opal
  • Cathedral Gorge’s lakebed badlands
  • Frenchman Mountain’s Great Unconformity
  • Hoover Dam’s tough tuff

Frank DeCourten has taught geology and conducted geological research in and around the Great Basin of northern Nevada for more than four decades. Since 1994, Frank has been Professor of Earth Sciences at Sierra College in Grass Valley, California. He lives in Penn Valley, California, with his wife, Becky, and dog, Blue.

Norma Biggar graduated from Antioch College and earned a Masters degree at the University of Alaska. She worked for a consulting company first evaluating the seismic hazards. Her latest project was on the high-level nuclear waste project in Nevada. Upon retirement, she started working on the Roadside Geology of Nevada. She died in November 2016 before the book was finished.

This description was taken from Mountain Press Publishing Company, News Release (March 2017).


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