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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $98.66
  • March 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92407-7
  • 298 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Parks and Plates

The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores


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Robert J. Lillie (Author, Oregon State University)


Many of our national parks, monuments, and seashores were established because of their inspiring geological features—from the geysers of Yellowstone to the granite peaks of Yosemite.

In Parks and Plates, Robert J. Lillie explains the fascinating geological processes that have formed these dramatic volcanoes, shorelines, and landscapes. Structuring the text around major geological features, Lillie highlights geologic patterns across many different parks and uses over 100 park sites to illustrate plate tectonics visually. Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, diagrams, and maps, Parks and Plates is the ideal text to enrich undergraduates’ experience of our national parks.


    Part I: Earth Systems and Our National Parks

    Chapter 1: Plate Tectonics

    Chapter 2: Geological Features and Processes

    Part II: Divergent Plate Boudnaries

    Chapter 3: Continental Rifts

    Chapter 4: Passive Continental Margins

    1. Basin and Range Province
    2. Keweenawan Rift
    3. Colorado Plateau

    Part III: Convergent Plate Boundaries

    Chapter 5: Subduction Zones

    Chapter 6: Collisional Mountain Ranges

    1. Cascadia Subduction Zone
    2. Appalachian/Ouachita/Marathon

    Part IV: Transform Plate Boundaries

    Chapter 7: San Andreas and Other Transform Boundaries

    1. San Andreas Fault Zone
    2. Caribbean

    Part V: Hotspots

    Chapter 8: Oceanic Hotspots

    Chapter 9: Hotspots Beneath Continental Crust

    1. Hawaii
    2. Yellowstone/Snake River Plain/Columbia Plateau

    Part VI: Building the North American Continent

    Chapter 10: North American Craton

    Chapter 11: Accreted Terranes

    1. Continental Shield
    2. Continental Platform
    3. Colorado Plateau
    4. Laramide Uplifts
    5. Foreland Fold-and-Thrust-Belts
    6. Accreted Terranes