Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Author: William N. Orr
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478609877
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The geologic history of the Pacific Northwest is as unique as the region itself. Created via tectonic plate movements and accretionary events, the original terranes were subsequently covered by sedimentary layers, ash, lavas, and glacial debris. These processes, begun millions of years ago, continue to affect the area, as seen in the eruption of Mount St. Helens and catastrophic Japanese tsunamis created by earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Understanding of the regions geology has led to new insight in volcanic eruption prediction, disaster preparedness, the environmental effects of mining, and urban development as it relates to geologic hazards. The Orrs detailed and informative writing style appeals to those with geologic training as well as beginners with an interest in the region. Each chapter covers a specific subregion, allowing for maximum flexibility both in the classroom and for the casual reader. The authors central theme that continental plate tectonics are the fundamental processes of Northwest geologic history permeates throughout the book.

Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Author: Cynthia Light Brown
Publisher: Nomad Press (VT)
ISBN: 9781936313389
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Looks at the geology and physical geography of the American Pacific Northwest, demonstrating concepts in the earth sciences as applied to the region, with hands-on projects intended to help readers understand the topics under discussion.

Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains

Author: Daniel Mathews
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604697849
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Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains is an engagingly written, portable history and identification guide for the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. This guide also includes information about the landscape and weather. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the Pacific Northwest if you are looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors.

Northwest Exposures

Author: David D. Alt
Publisher: Mountain Press
ISBN:
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The tale of the Northwest's geology began more than two billion years ago when an ancient continent split, creating oceanfront property in what is now western Idaho. Pacific islands mashed into that coastline, making large parts of Washington and Oregon.

The Geology of Washington and Beyond

Author: Eric Swenson Cheney
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295806354
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The 20 chapters of The Geology of Washington and Beyond�an outgrowth of a geologic symposium�present the substantial advances in recent research on the geologic history of Washington State. The 32 contributors used new conceptual developments such as sequence stratigraphy, identification and matching of terranes, and neotechtonics, as well as breakthroughs in technology such as lidar mapping, paleomagnetism, and new methods of radiometric dating, to examine the fascinating geology of Washington State and beyond. Also included is geologic mapping in areas previously known only by reconnaissance. This book will influence resource management decisions, as well as disaster and land-use planning in the region. The introductory chapters make the book accessible for undergraduate courses in geology and to the general public.

Oregon Geology

Author: Elizabeth L. Orr
Publisher:
ISBN:
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This extensively updated sixth edition of The Geology of Oregon provides a comprehensive treatment of the state's geologic history and includes illustrations, an extensive bibliography, and biographical sketches of notable geologists.

The Weather of the Pacific Northwest

Author: Clifford Mass
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295998369
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The Pacific Northwest experiences the most varied and fascinating weather in the United States, including world-record winter snows, the strongest non-tropical storms in the nation, and shifts from desert to rain forest in a matter of miles. Local weather features dominate the meteorological landscape, from the Puget Sound convergence zone and wind surges along the Washington Coast, to gap winds through the Columbia Gorge and the �Banana Belt� of southern Oregon. This book is the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to Northwest weather that is directed to the general reader; helpful to boaters, hikers, and skiers; and valuable to expert meteorologists. In The Weather of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington atmospheric scientist and popular radio commentator Cliff Mass unravels the intricacies of Northwest weather, from the mundane to the mystifying. By examining our legendary floods, snowstorms, and windstorms, and a wide variety of local weather features, Mass answers such interesting questions as: o Why does the Northwest have localized rain shadows? o What is the origin of the hurricane force winds that often buffet the region? o Why does the Northwest have so few thunderstorms? o What is the origin of the Pineapple Express? o Why do ferryboats sometimes seem to float above the water's surface? o Why is it so hard to predict Northwest weather? Mass brings together eyewitness accounts, historical records, and meteorological science to explain Pacific Northwest weather. He also considers possible local effects of global warming. The final chapters guide readers in interpreting the Northwest sky and in securing weather information on their own.

Big Black Boring Rock

Author: Stephen P. Reidel
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781574771565
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This collection of essays on the geology of the Pacific Northwest is written by geologist Steve Reidel. Reidel is an expert on Columbia River Basalt, the primary rock of the Columbia Basin, the semi-arid region of Washington State where most of the essays are set. The book collects a series of highly readable and witty essays Reidel has been writing for more than a decade for the Tri-City Herald, the daily newspaper of the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick), Washington. Written in plain language, Reidel makes geology, an often difficult field to understand, accessible for all readers. The book is divided into four parts. The Making and Shaping of the Columbia Basin, part one, covers the creation of the Basin from the massive flows of lava covering 100,000 square miles-the largest on Earth-to the walls of water 600 feet deep created by Ice-Age floods that sculpted the region. Landmarks, part two, describes the creation and stories behind Tri-Cities landmarks such as Rattlesnake Mountain and the Two Sisters. The essays included in part three, Geohazards, focus on Cascade Mountain volcanoes, such as Mount St. Helens; area earthquakes; and regional tsunamis. Part four takes readers from the Tri-Cities to explore geologic wonders scattered around the region such as the Gorge at George Washington, Gingko Petrified Forest, and Beacon Rock State Park.