Windows into the Earth

Windows into the Earth : The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

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Millions of years ago, the North American continent was dragged over the world's largest continental hotspot (a huge column of molten rock rising from the earth's interior), tracing a 5 mile wide, 500 mile long path northeastward across Idaho and generating huge volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The hotspot lifted the Yellowstone plateau to more than 7000 feet and pushed the Northern Rockies to new heights. This book is the story of those events and how the landscape of two great national parks was shaped by earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers and, in the uplifed Rocky Mountains, mountain glaciers. The story is also a 'window' into the earth's interior, revealing the dynamic processes withinshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 203.2 x 259.1 x 25.4mm | 1,020.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations, colour maps
  • 0195105966
  • 9780195105964

Table of contents

Preface; 1. A Land of Scenery and Violence; 2. In the Wake of the Yellowstone Hotspot; 3. Cataclysm! The Hotspot Reaches Yellowstone; 4. How Yellowstone Works; 5. The Broken Earth: Why the Tetons are Grand; 6. Ice Over Fire: Glaciers Carve the Landsape; 7. Future Disasters; 8. Grand Teton Tour; 9. Yellowstone Tour; Referencesshow more

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"I love this book not only for its ground-breaking science, but for its insight and empathy into these beloved wildlands that offer so many of us sanctuary."--Terry Tempest Williams"The terrifying birth of these glorious places of mountain vistas, geysers and hot springs is brought to life by geophysicist Smith and science writer Siegel in this magnificently illustrated book."--Denver Rocky Mountain News"The spectacular geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone are the world's best. They are in part the remains of a gigantic volcanic explosion 630,000 years ago that was a thousand times larger than the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens. They also portend future volcanic action in this beautiful wonderland. Geologist Smith and science writer Siegel team up to tell the exciting story of how Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks came to be."--Bob Decker is Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College and Barbara Decker is a science writer"Only a tiny percentage of the 3.1 million people visiting Yellowstone National Park each year have the foggiest notion that they have driven into the maw of one of the greatest volcanic systems on Earth. Bubbling mudpots and jetting geysers provide clues that a vast reservoir of heat lies at shallow depth, but one might well ask, 'Where's the volcano?' Bob Smith and Lee Siegel answer this question and many, many more. In guiding readers through this geologic wonderland, they explain both hot spots and heat flow, and how thousands of huge earthquakes in the recent geologic past accompanied the rise of the magnificent Teton Range just to the south. Those who believe Earth to be an inactive place are in for a rude awakening here!"--Richard S. Fiske, Geologist and former Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural Historyshow more

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