New geology books

Two Eastern Washington field guides:

Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide
, by John Soennichsen
Mountaineer Books, announced as available Mar. 1.

And, Described earlier on Northwest Geology Field Trips:

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods, Vol. 2: The Northern Reaches by Bruce Bjornstad and Gene Kiver;

The first volume, by Bruce Bjornstad, is a very detailed and thorough treatment of the Missoula flood geology, focusing on the mid-Columbia basin

The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood
by Dave Montgomery;
from W.W. Norton, due out in Aug. 2012

Dave is a geomorphologist on the faculty at the University of Washington.

I recommend: The Mountains of Saint Francis, (2009) by Walter Alvarez

This is a lay reader book focusing on the geology of central Italy. It has excellent descriptions of how geologists do their work, and the tools and methods used. It contains a great account of the discovery of the K-T boundary layer in the Gubbio Section of the Apennines this is the iridium layer that records the impact of the Chixhulub meteor marking the end of the Cretaceous, bringing about a frightful mass extinction. It describes the geooogy of Rome, and how it affected the rise of that civilization and great city. There is a copy available from the Whatcom Library.


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