Although millions of Americans and international travelers take
road trips through North America every year, most have no
understanding of how the landscape came to be. North America's
Natural Wonders provides everything these travelers need to
understand the landscape. Written by a career geologist with
decades of experience in the field, it guides readers through the
most iconic, geologically significant scenery in North America and
explains what they are seeing. Volume I focuses on western North
America, including the Canadian Rockies, the Southwest, Great
Basin, and Tetons-Yellowstone Country. The trips detailed in this
volume include stops at the glaciers and mountains of Banff
National Park, the Grand Canyon, numerous parks in Utah, and the
geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone. It also features lesser
known but equally interesting geologic formations and how to access
these sites. Volume II focuses on central and eastern North
America, including the Appalachians of Virginia and West Virginia,
the Colorado Rockies, Austin-Big Bend Country, and the Sierra Madre
Oriental of Mexico. The trips detailed in this volume include stops
at the Blue Ridge in Shenandoah National Park, Carlsbad Caverns
National Park, Big Bend National Park, Garden of the Gods and Pikes
Peak, the Colorado Mineral Belt, Aspen and the Maroon Bells, giant
salt-cored uplifts of the La Popa Basin, Mexico, and many others.
It also features lesser known but equally interesting geologic
formations and how to access these sites. This detailed guide will
help the curious layman, the rock hound, the geology student, and
the professional geologist understand what they are seeing when
they look at a roadcut, quarry, or landscape. A full understanding
of natural formations will enhance the traveler's experience beyond
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