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Author presentations- Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

Geology Underfoot cover art by Eric Knight in poster format. 20

Geology Underfoot cover art by Eric Knight in poster format. 20″ x 28″. Great for class-room walls! Click to enlarge.

I have been busy booking author presentations for the following places. Geology Underfoot in Western Washington will be for sale [$24], as will the fabulous posters of the book’s cover showing a future eruption of Mount Rainier [$15]. More dates are being arranged. Subscribe to this website via email or RSS to stay posted.

EDMONDS September 14. Ice Age floods Institute meeting (open to the public). Visit ‘my book’ tab for details.

ANACORTES. September, Date/Time TBA. Watermark Books.

PORT TOWNSEND October 15, 7 PM, Public Library.

PORT ANGELES October 16, 7 PM, Public Library. Sponosred by Port Books and News.

SNOHOMISH October 24, 4 PM. Sponsored by Uppercase Book Store.

BELLINGHAM November 5th, 4- 5:30 Map Room (Wilson 170), WWU Library,

BELLINGHAM November 9th, REI 6 PM.

LONGVIEW November 30th, Public Library, Time TBA

Still in the works: SEATTLE ; TACOMA

Reminder- Olympia presentation, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

Friends, I hope to meet my South Sound friends  at Orca Books in Olympia on July 24. I’ll tell a bit of the backstory of my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washngton, and signing copies. 7:00 PM. http://www.orcabooks.com/event/friday-july-24th-700pm-dave-tucker-author-geology-underfoot-western-washington There will be books available to purchase at the talk, as well as the large color poster based on the cover art, showing a future eruption of Mount Rainier and the downstream effects.

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington Book Launch a big success!

A very belated but very hearty thanks to all who came to the standing-room-only Grand Book Launch event May 12 at the Whatcom Museum, sponsored by Village Books, North Cascades Institute, and the Museum. It was a great pleasure to share Geology Underfoot in Western Washington with the huge crowd, sign copies, and tell you a bit about my background, how the book came about and how I put it together. Village Books sold out their entire advance shipment. The rest of the print run is on its way across the Pacific and will be available for bookstores at the end of May. NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER A COPY FROM YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSTORE! The store will obtain copies via their distributors. Some sources tell me that advance sales are pretty brisk. The initial print run is 5000 copies. Mountain Press Publishing and I think the first printing will go fast, so don’t delay.

I am available for presentations at bookstores and your organizations throughout western Washington and down to Portland. Contact your bookstore, and drop me an email.

Best regards,

Dave Tucker

Here is a link to an article about me and the book by Dean Kahn that appeared in the May 18 Bellingham Herald:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/18/4296226_bellingham-geologist-writes-western.html?rh=1

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington- order copies from your bookstore.

Dear friends,

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington should be available in late April or early May. Order copies from your favorite bookstore now. You have the title; the ISBN is 978-0-87842-640-9. It is being published by Mountain Press Publishing. The store won’t have heard of it yet. Get the word to the store now and they will place their orders with the publisher or with their distributors.

Cover art by Eric Knight

Cover art by Eric Knight

Two presentations are scheduled:

May 12th, 7 PM, Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, sponsored by Village Books and the Museum.

May 13th, University Bookstore [Seattle’s U-District] at 7.

I will be signing copies at each of these talks.

Feel free to ask a bookstore or group to sponsor a presentation. They can contact me via my email:

email address to send reports and photos. I'll credit you.

email address.

Cover art for Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

GUWW cover. Painting by Eric Knight.

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington cover art. Painting by Eric Knight. Click for full size image file.

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington has gone to the printers, and should be on store shelves the end of April or early May. Start bugging you local bookstore to get orders in now. Here’s the book’s cover. It is an oblique view of Mount Rainier during a moderate eruption, made by Eric Knight, and is modeled in part on the 500-year-old Electron lahar. Eric painted the bird’s-eye-view in an arc looking from the north  to the southeast, from the Tacoma Tideflats around to the erupting volcano. There is a lot of detail. Look closely and you will see lahars descending the northwest and western flanks into the Mowich and Puyallup River valleys. The boiling cloud of a pyroclastic flow is on the right, covering the Tahoma Glacier. The lahars coalesce and inundate the Puyallup valley. That’s Lake Kapowsin at lower right. A short distance downstream from the lake, the lahar passes through the center of Orting, which appears seriously damaged and on toward Puyallup and Tacoma. The lahar would likely have a much reduced sediment load by this point, and be more of a hyperconcentrated flow- predominantly extremely muddy water rather than a dense slug of mud. The muddy flow enters Puget Sound at Commencement Bay, having sloshed mud and water all over the Tacoma tideflats industrial area. Suspended sediment has discolored Puget Sound most of the way to Elliot Bay at Seattle. There’s not enough detail in this image to tell, but I-5 appears intact where it crosses the Puyallup. In this hypothetical eruption, no lahar has entered the White River valley so the Auburn-Kent-Duwamish area has been spared.

ERic Knight's art showing a glacier-filled Yosemite Valley on the cover of Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park by Allen Glazner and Greg Stock.

ERic Knight’s art showing a glacier-filled Yosemite Valley on the cover of Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park by Allen Glazner and Greg Stock.

Erik also did the cover art for Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park. He makes wonderful panoramic maps. Visit his website to see a fine panoramic painting of the Salish Sea. It is interactive, so you can zoom in, pan very different perspectives. The tool bar at the bottom includes a ‘help’ button for instructions.

New book: Geology of the San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands geologist Ned Brown brings us a wonderful new geology guide- just in time for holiday gifts.

Ned Brown's Geology of the San Juan Islands. Chuckanut Editions, 2014

Ned Brown’s Geology of the San Juan Islands. Chuckanut Editions, 2014

Geology of the San Juan Islands is a full color guide to the geology of these beautiful islands. The book is written for the geophile of all stripes. It is the best, easiest-to-understand explanation of San Juan geology I have seen, and I urge you to spend $19 and get your own copy right now.

Ned Brown is an emeritus professor in the Western Washington University Geology Department. He has been working in the islands for decades. The complex geology of the archipelago has long inspired and exasperated geologists. Ned’s book describes the remarkable tectonic history that has repeatedly brought together unrelated rocks from around the Pacific and stacked them against each other during subduction. His color photos and detailed diagrams explain the processes and evolution of each of the rock units clearly. The book also explains how he and others have come up with this most current interpretation of San Juan Islands geologic history, by mapping rock units and faults, dating zircon crystals in the rocks, identifying fossils and correlating these with the ancient areas where these creatures lived.  Ned tells you just where to go to see the best outcrops, including all the photo locations. Among the more amazing ideas he throws out is the possible origin of the oldest rocks in the  350- to 500-million year old Turtleback Complex on Orcas Island. The gabbro and granitic rocks, once intruded deep in the crust,  may have originally intruded deep in the crust….in northern Europe! This was during the time of the supercontinent Rodinia.

The book is self-published through the Chuckanut Editions imprint of Village Books in Bellingham. The book is not yet available. Go buy a copy in the store, or write Village Books and ask them to please make the book available for on-line orders.Dave Tucker

 

Geology Underfoot: BOOK SENT TO PUBLISHER!

DT and the Geology Underfoot in Western Washington files. You will get to read it on paper, soemthing I've yet to see.

DT and the Geology Underfoot in Western Washington files- all on one flimsy bit of plastic. You will get to read it on paper, something I’ve yet to see. Chico stands guard my monitor. Photo by Kim Brown.

I finally completed the manuscript of Geology Underfoot in Western Washington. The sum of the last three years of my life was copied onto a DVD and sent off to the publisher today – 423 files including chapter text, photos, diagrams, and maps. There are (at this point) 22 self-guiding field trips, plus a lengthy Introduction that is a primer on plate tectonics, a capsule history of the geologic history of western Washington, a bit about petrology, and how to date a rock (“You need to be a little boulder” says Kim.) Groan. I promise I do not use that pun in the book, but there may be a few other gneiss ones. (Sorry). OK, now my editor James Lainsbury at Mountain Press Publishers gets to hack away. He’ll send it back to me for what I’m sure will be shortening, revisions to some of the figures I made, and who knows what else. The book will be on bookshelves in 2014 unless James says ‘This sucks. Start over.’ Thanks to all the people, geologists and ‘civilians’ alike, who read and field checked the chapters.

You can read a sample chapter (pre-editing) and learn more about the book here on my website.

So, time for a beer. Well, maybe a nap first.

Dave

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington- news about the publication date.

Dear friends,

News received here at geo-central today is that my geology guide book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington, will be published in 2014 by Mountain Press Publishers in Missoula. Here is a link to the other books in the series. I have only three chapters yet to write: Johnston Ridge at MSH, Nisqually Vista at Rainier [deals with the consequences of rapid glacier recession] and the Introduction. Three others are currently in peer review by geologists who are authorities on those specific places. The MS should go to the editor around the end of February this year [I do have other things to do, believe it or not]. Thanks to all for the encouragement in this long process. Now that you know more about a publishing date [vague as it is] you can start saving your pennies to buy a copy or two; it should be a good gift.  Once the book gets through revisions, I’ll publish a list of the chapters, and hopefully more news on the publication date.

Here is a photo from the book.

Here is a photo from the book.

Here’s a figure from one of the most recent chapters.

What do you think it is about?

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