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Valles Caldera: A Geologic History

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The Valles Caldera consists of a twelve-mile-wide collapsed volcanic crater and more than ten postcollapse volcanic domes in New Mexico's Jemez Mountains. For over a century, it was safeguarded within the 89,000-acre Baca Ranch. In the year 2000, Congress passed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, creating the Valles Caldera Trust to purchase the ranch and create a ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published May 16th 2009 by University of New Mexico Press
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Dayamati Hayes
Jul 19, 2014 Dayamati Hayes rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by the former chair of the department of earth and planetary sciences at the University of New Mexico, who described it as an accessible book for readers who do not have much background in the study of geology. The book lives up to that description. It is filled with photographs, maps, diagrams and cartoons, There is a glossary of technical terms pertaining to volcanology and an ample index, making it easy to go back and review previously discussed material. ...more
Peter Tillman
Nov 09, 2012 Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing
Exemplary popular-science guidebook

Geologist Fraser Goff spent most of his career at Los Alamos (which is built on volcanic tuffs erupted from the Valles volcano) and has written many scientific publications on the area. Not only is he well-qualified, he's a good writer. He does a very nice job of including explanations for readers without a geologic background, and geologist-readers will find plenty of meat here too. This is not an easy balance-point to find. His book should be accessible to al
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