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Basin and Range by John McPhee
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Aug 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reads, re-read
Read from August 01 to 03, 2012

I read this once before (just B&R, not the entirety of McPhee's Annals of the Former World), but it's definitely something that deserves a second reading, since I retained only enough to be inspired to look out at certain geological features of the West with admiring awe. And I learned some heavy vocabulary words ("allochthonous," "inselberge," "travertine," and the neologistic-but-spectacular "blobularly"), but I probably couldn't pass a test on the intricacies of the subject (maybe a generously-graded essay test?). I read lengthy bits at all at once, because it all flowed together and my comprehension was just tenuous enough that I lost the larger thread when I stopped.

If by some fiat I had to restrict all of this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone. -McPhee

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