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New Missoula flood guidebook published.

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches, by Bruce Bjornstad and Gene Kiver, is now published. The book directs readers to field sites in the the Channeled Scablands and into northern Idaho to see evidence for the mind-boggling late-Pleistocene Missoula Floods. There are hikes, road trips, and even two aerial field trips.  The book is a sequel to On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A geological field guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin by Bruce Bjornstad. A description of the new book is available at the publishers’ website:
It will take a while for the book to be distributed to all the retail outlets but for those wanting it right away, it can be obtained from the Sandpoint Online General Store at: http://www.sandpointonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=228

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.