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Ancient Landscapes of Western North America

A Geologic History with Paleogeographic Maps

  • Presents complex geologic history in an accurate, comprehensive manner using paleogeographic maps and concise, readable text

  • Uses numerous paleogeographic maps that mimic satellite images

  • Provides a concise history of this complex geologic region

  • Usable to wide audience: lay persons; students; geologists; anyone with interest in physical Earth

  • Relates modern landscapes to their geologic history

  • Winner of the 2021 John D. Haun Landmark Publication Award, AAPG-Rocky Mountain Section

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Ronald C. Blakey, Wayne D. Ranney
    Pages 1-33
  3. Principles

    • Ronald C. Blakey, Wayne D. Ranney
    Pages 35-54
  4. Erratum to: Ancient Landscapes of Western North America

    • Ronald C. Blakey, Wayne D. Ranney
    Pages E1-E1Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 209-228

About this book

Allow yourself to be taken back into deep geologic time when strange creatures roamed the Earth and Western North America looked completely unlike the modern landscape.  Volcanic islands stretched from Mexico to Alaska, most of the Pacific Rim didn’t exist yet, at least not as widespread dry land; terranes drifted from across the Pacific to dock on Western Americas’ shores creating mountains and more volcanic activity.  Landscapes were transposed north or south by thousands of kilometers along huge fault systems.  Follow these events through paleogeographic maps that look like satellite views of ancient Earth.  Accompanying text takes the reader into the science behind these maps and the geologic history that they portray.  The maps and text unfold the complex geologic history of the region as never seen before.

Keywords

  • Earthquakes
  • Faults
  • Geology Pacific Coast
  • North American Cordillera
  • North American accretion
  • Paleogeography
  • Plate tectonics
  • Subduction
  • Terrane accretion
  • Volcanic history
  • structural geology
  • world regional geography

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlsbad, USA

    Ronald C. Blakey

  • Geology, Flagstaff, USA

    Wayne D. Ranney

About the authors

Ron Blakey taught geology for over 37 years at the university level, mostly at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ.  His specialty is the sedimentary rocks of the Colorado Plateau and surrounding areas including the Pacific Coast region.  He has published well over 50 papers, many as single author, in national and international journals and symposia and two books, one published by Springer (see below).  For the last 25 years, he has constructed paleogeographic maps from regional to global scale – these maps appear in many published geological papers, books, monographs, museums, and are used extensively in general education at all levels.  His maps are based on the geological literature and are constructed as accurately as possible to mimic satellite views of ancient Earth.  Many individual maps represent 40 – 80 or more hours of work each. 

Wayne Ranney has been studying the geology of the American West since coming to live in Arizona in 1975. His first residence was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon where he worked as a backcountry ranger. He claims this is where he got all of the rocks in his head. In 1978 he enrolled in the geology program at Northern Arizona University, obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees. It was here that took classes from his colleague Dr. Ron Blakey while working his way through graduate school as a river guide. He began working as a shipboard geology interpreter in 1989 and has traveled the world ever since, completing over one hundred expeditions to the Arctic, the Amazon, Africa, Siberia, and Antarctica. These far-flung adventures have allowed him to see and learn about many different kinds of landscapes but he always returns to the red rock cliffs and canyon country of his native southwest. Wayne currently works as a geology lecturer for Smithsonian Journeys and is a retired adjunct faculty member of Yavapai and Coconino colleges. He is an award-winning author of many books including Sedona Through Time, Carving Grand Canyon, and Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. He lives with his wife Helen in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Ancient Landscapes of Western North America

  • Book Subtitle: A Geologic History with Paleogeographic Maps

  • Authors: Ronald C. Blakey, Wayne D. Ranney

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59636-5

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-59634-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-86668-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-59636-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 228

  • Number of Illustrations: 146 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Earth Sciences, Geology, Regional Geography, Geomorphology

Buying options

eBook USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-59636-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)