Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region
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Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (California Natural History Guides #79)

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Why does a bit of ocean floor lie on top of Mt. Diablo? Why is Red Rock, that small, knobby island in San Francisco Bay, red? Why is Loma Prieta high? This book is for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors who want to explore the geologic world of this spectacular area, to learn about its shapes, colors, and rocky foundations. Doris Sloan illuminates the colorful g...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by University of California Press (first published May 28th 2006)
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A very satisfying introduction to the geology of the Bay Area. It includes a good introduction to basic geology, which I certainly needed. The book looks and feels like a field guide and I actually went on several trips that were suggested by the book. A plethora of pictures helps in the learning process.

At times, it's a bit too heavy on the individual types of rocks at any given geographic location. I would have liked to have that balanced with a good description of why the particular areas lo...more
If you are at all interested in geology and rocks and your local environs, and you live in the SF Bay Region, tHis is a great thing to read at leisure, or throw into your bag when on a trip, so that as you're lying on a beach you can figure out that you are on a fault and why those cliffs look like they do, and that there are cool fossils to be found. I'm loving it. Great pictures and easy to understand interesting explanations.
Photography by John Karachewski. After some introductory material on rocks and plate tectonics, the author, starting in Marin County, moves clockwise around the bay describing the jumbled geology of the Bay Area – greywacke, serpentine, pillow basalt – along with discussion of the famous faults.
Brandon Peele
Excellent reference book. Reads well too - great photos and diagrams, decent review of geological processes and plate tectonics. Fascinating subject matter - the chapters on the Bay, Marin and SF reveals a very fluid topography. Stoked to take this book with me on my next hike.
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