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The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park (1987) by N. King Huber


CONTENTS

Page
ForewordVII
 
Yosemite country1
    • Creation of a park1
    • Years of exploration1
A view from the top—Mount Hoffmann5
Geologic overview10
Rocks, the building materials11
    • Granite, granite everywhere11
    • Granitic rocks of Yosemite17
        • Yosemite Valley area18
        • Tuolumne Meadows area19
    • Metamorphic rocks—ancient sediment and lavas22
    • Late Cenozoic volcanic rocks—born of fire23
Genesis of Yosemite’s rocks26
    • A single quiet plate—the Paleozoic26
    • A time of fire and upheaval—the Mesozoic26
    • The Sierra grows again—the late Cenozoic27
Final evolution of the landscape30
    • The role of joints30
    • Weathering and erosion36
        • Influence of the rocks on weathering36
        • Agents of erosion38
            • The role of flowing water39
            • The role of glaciers40
                Glacial erosion41
                Glacial deposition44
    • The record of Pleistocene glaciation45
    • The glacial geology of Yosemite46
    • What the glaciers missed52
    • Modern glaciers54
    • After the glaciers56
Definition of terms58
References and additional reading60
    • History60
    • Geology60
    • Geologic maps61
A word of thanks63
Index64
Drawing of Vernal Falls, Yosemite Valley
 
Special topics ::
 
Geologic maps of YosemiteIII
Common minerals in granite10
Classification of plutonic rocks12
Plate tectonics—a dynamic globe24


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