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Author Hall, Clarence A

Title Introduction to the geology of southern California and its native plants / Clarence A. Hall, Jr. ; photography by Lauri L. Holbrook
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 493 pages, 36 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents Acknowledgments -- pt. 1. Introduction -- 1. This book -- 2. Prologue to geology of Southern California -- Some early studies of geology -- The geologic map -- Geologic explorations in California -- Some significant contributions to the geology of California
pt. 2. The Earth and geologic time -- 3. Earth materials -- The universe -- Early universe -- Solar system -- The Earth -- Rocks -- Igneous rocks -- Sedimentary rocks -- Metamorphic rocks -- 4. Geologic time -- Biostratigraphy -- Magnetostratigraphy -- Astrochronology -- Geochronology -- Radiometric age dating -- How radiometric dating works -- Rocks and minerals dated by various radiometric methods -- Correlating geologic ages/stages -- The importance of European stages -- Great Valley group -- Mammal ages -- Molluscan stages -- Microfossil stages -- Glacial and interglacial stages -- Evolution -- 5. Plate tectonics -- Mid-Oceanic ridges and trenches -- San Andreas Fault and continental drift -- Continental drift -- Magnetism and paleomagnetism -- Magnetic signatures of rocks -- Magnetic reversals -- Sea-floor spreading -- Hot spots and mantle plumes -- Faults -- Transform faults -- Fracture zones -- Triple junctions -- Moving plates -- Supercontinents -- Plate boundaries -- Continental margins and orogenies
pt. 3. Southern California through geologic time -- 6. Overview of the geologic history of Southern California -- 7. Proterozoic era -- Older Proterozoic rocks -- Younger Proterozoic rocks -- 8. Paleozoic era -- Cambrian period -- Ordovician period -- Silurian period -- Devonian period -- Mississippian period -- Pennsylvanian period -- Permian period -- 9. Mesozoic era -- Triassic period -- Triassic rocks of Southern California -- Jurassic period -- Jurassic rocks of Southern California -- Cretaceous period -- Cretaceous rocks in Southern California -- Mesozoic igneous rocks in Southern California -- Mesozoic Sierra de Salinas, Rand, Pelona, and Orocopia Schists -- The Catalina Schist -- Salinia -- The San Andreas Fault system -- The role of the San Gregorio-San Simeon-Hosgri Fault zone offsetting Salinia -- Salinia's place of origin -- Proto-San Andreas Fault -- Western boundary of Salinia -- Summary -- 10. Cenozoic era -- Cenozoic plate tectonics -- California during Paleocene and Eocene time -- Eocene fossil flora and fauna in California -- California during Oligocene time -- Oligocene geoflora of California -- California during Miocene time -- Offshore Santa Maria Basin -- Extensional tectonics -- Garlock Fault -- Oligocene to Miocene geofloras -- California during Pliocene time -- Sierra Nevada -- California during late Pliocene to Pleistocene time -- Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges -- California during the Pleistocene epoch -- Volcanic rocks -- Sea level -- Mojave Desert pediments -- Coastal uplift -- Glaciers -- Pleistocene Biota -- Cenozoic life and terrestrial and marine paleoclimate in Southern California -- Overall trends -- Paleocene epoch -- Eocene epoch -- Oligocene epoch -- Miocene epoch -- Pliocene to early Pleistocene -- Pleistocene epoch
pt. 4. Geology and botany of Southern California's geomorphic provinces -- 11. Geomorphic and floristic provinces -- Geomorphic provinces -- Floristic provinces -- 12. Peninsular ranges and Colorado desert -- Oceanside-San Diego coastal area -- Torrey Pines State Reserve North of San Diego and La Jolla -- The Peninsular Ranges batholith -- Julian -- Anza-Borrego Desert region -- San Gorgonio Fault -- San Jacinto Fault -- Rocks of the San Jacinto Mountains -- Botanical overview, Banning to Palm Desert -- Palm Desert -- Salton Trough -- Borrego Valley -- Colorado desert flora -- Orocopia Mountains -- Los Angeles Basin and the Continental Borderland -- 13. Mojave Desert -- Geology of the Mojave Desert -- Stratigraphy of the Mojave Region -- Structural geology of the Mojave Desert -- Victorville -- Barstow -- Amboy Crater -- Southern Marble Mountains -- Precambrian rocks in the Southern Marble Mountains -- Lower Cambrian rocks -- Middle Cambrian rocks in the Marble Mountains -- Mesozoic and Cenozoic volcanic and pyroclastic rocks in the Southern Marble Mountains -- Botany of the Southern Marble Mountains -- Providence Mountains -- Mitchell Caverns State Reserve -- Botany of the Providence Mountains -- Reptiles in the Providence Mountains, Mitchell Caverns -- Kelso Dunes National Natural Landmark -- Cinder Cones National Natural Landmark -- 14. Eastern Transverse Ranges and the San Bernardino Mountains -- San Gorgonio Pass -- 15. Basin and Ranges Province : Death and Owens Valleys -- Death Valley -- Stratigraphy of the Death Valley Region -- Structural geology of the Death Valley Region -- Badwater Turtleback, Southern Death Valley -- Amargosa Chaos, Southern Death Valley -- Zabriskie Point, Furnace Creek Area, Southern Death Valley -- Golden Canyon, South of Furnace Creek -- Artist's Drive and Palette, South of Furnace Creek and Golden Canyon -- Devil's Golf Course, South of Artist's Drive -- Black Mountains Frontal Fault, West Face of the Black Mountains -- Furnace Creek, Death Valley -- Borax in the Death Valley Area -- Yucca Mountain, Nevada -- Titus Canyon, North of Furnace Creek -- Salt Creek, North of Furnace Creek and South of Stovepipe Wells -- Mosaic Canyon, Stovepipe Wells -- Mesquite Flat Dunes, near Stovepipe Wells -- Mesquite Springs, Northern Death Valley, near Scotty's Castle -- Botany, Northern Death Valley -- Ubehebe Crater, Northern Death Valley -- Scotty's Castle, Northern Death Valley -- Botany of the Grapevine Canyon -- Plant ecology of Death Valley Region -- Owens Valley -- Owens Gorge -- Bishop to Big Pine -- Big Pine -- Independence -- Manzanar -- Alabama Hills -- Lone Pine Fault Scarp -- Owens Lake -- Fossil Falls -- Red Rock Canyon -- 16. Western Transverse Ranges -- Santa Monica Mountains -- San Fernando Valley -- San Gabriel Mountains -- Eastern San Gabriel Mountains -- South Side of the San Gabriel Mountains -- Miocene volcanic rocks emplaced during formation of the Los Angeles Basin -- Paleoenvironment at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains -- The Puente Hills, Eastern Los Angeles Basin -- Northeast side of the San Gabriel Mountains -- Plant communities in the San Gabriel Mountains -- Soledad Basin, North of the San Gabriel Mountains -- Tectonic phases of the Soledad Basin -- Recent history of the Vasquez-Tick Canyon Area -- Routes through the Western Transverse Ranges -- Interstate 405 Route -- California State Highway 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway -- Ridge Basin-Tehachapi Mountain route, Los Angeles and Kern Counties -- Botany of Santa Barbara County -- 17. Southern Coast Ranges -- The geologic setting of the Southern Coast Ranges -- Santa Maria Basin -- Arroyo Grande-Pismo Beach -- Geology -- Paleogeography -- Huasna Basin -- San Luis Obispo -- Morro Rock-Montaña de Oro State Park -- Morro Rock -- Cambria Felsite -- Obispo Formation -- Los Osos Valley -- Montaña de Oro State Park -- San Gregorio-San Simeon-Hosgri Fault -- State Highway 1 -- Botany of San Luis Obispo County -- 18. San Joaquin Valley -- 19. Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada Province -- The Sierra Nevada -- Tehachapi Mountains -- The Diablo and Temblor Ranges, and the boundary with the Sierra Nevada Province -- The San Emigdio and Tehachapi Mountains -- Sierra Nevada Foothills -- Paleozoic rocks -- Melones and Shoo-Fly Faults -- Central and Southern Sierra Nevada -- Plutonism in the Sierra Nevada -- Yosemite Valley -- Plutonic rocks of the Yosemite Valley -- Cenozoic igneous rocks -- Pleistocene and Holocene geologic features -- Joint systems -- Pleistocene geologic features -- Holocene geologic features -- Trails in Yosemite Valley -- Mammals -- East of Tioga Pass and Yosemite Valley -- Metasedimentary rocks -- Glaciation -- Eastern Sierra Nevada and Great Basin -- Mono Lake -- Mono Craters -- Panum Crater -- Mammoth Mountain and the Long Valley Caldera -- Long Valley -- Obsidian Dome -- Inyo Craters -- Hot Creek -- Horseshoe Lake Tree Kill -- Pumice Roadcut
pt. 5. Botany and plant families -- 20. Botanical overview -- General classification of organisms -- Vascular and flowering plants -- Earliest vascular seed plants -- Angiosperms -- Taxonomy, the naming and classifying of organisms -- Classification of organisms with low levels of organization -- Tree of life -- Classification of plants based on types of flowers -- Classification of plants based on flower parts -- Classification of flowers based on the location of the ovary and the presence of a hypanthium -- Classification of flowers based on inflorescence types -- Classification of plants based on leaf types -- A general (and incomplete) classification of animals -- Biomes, plant communities and life zones -- Life zones -- 21. Plant families of Southern California -- Selected plant families and example genera -- Botanical glossary -- Main glossary -- Suggested readings in natural history -- References cited -- Species index -- Subject index
Summary With its active fault systems, complex landforms, and myriad natural habitats, southern California boasts a rich and dynamic geologic environment. This abundantly illustrated volume at last provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible resource for students and general readers interested in southern California's geology and native plants. Covering an extensive area, north from San Diego to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada and east to the Mojave and Colorado deserts, its unique, comprehensive approach brings together for the first time the basic principles of geology, the story of plate tectonics, in-depth discussion of the geology of many specific locales within the region, and information on identifying southern California's native plants
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-432) and indexes
Subject Geology -- California, Southern
Endemic plants -- California, Southern
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1282359134