Oregon Geology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-11-01
  • Publisher: Oregon State Univ Pr
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Because Oregon sits on the leading edge of a moving crustal plate, a striking diversity of geologic events have molded its topography. Over a century of study, a deeper understanding of the region's tectonic overprint has emerged. In this timely update to the 2000 edition, Elizabeth and William Orr incorporate that new knowledge, addressing current environmental problems and detailing tectonic hazards. "Caught between converging crustal plates," the Orrs write, "the Pacific Northwest faces a future of massive earthquakes and tsunamis." A comprehensive treatment of the state's geologic history, Oregon Geologymoves through Oregon's regions to closely examine the unique geologic features of each, from the Blue Mountains to the Willamette Valley, from the high lava Plains to the Coast Range. The book includes biographical sketches of notable geologists. It is lavishly illustrated and includes an extensive bibliography.

Author Biography

Elizabeth L. Orr is curator at the Condon Collection at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at University of Oregon. William N. Orr, emeritus professor of geology at University of Oregon, is director of the Condon Collection. The Orrs have coauthored Geology of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Water: An Environmental History, and Oregon Fossils (OSU Press).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Introduction: Life on the Edgep. 9
Blue Mountainsp. 18
Klamath Mountainsp. 48
Basin and Rangep. 76
Owyhee Plateaup. 96
High Lava Plainsp. 110
Deschutes-Umatilla Plateaup. 130
Cascade Mountainsp. 154
Willamette Valleyp. 186
Coast Range & Continental Marginp. 212
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 289
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