Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates-plate tectonics-evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to "tectonicists," is breaking apart at its seams.
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by John McPhee
by Bruce Catton
by John Train
"The last of John McPhee's four-volume Annals of the Former World provides a layman's look at plate tectonics. McPhee follows California geologist Eldridge Moores over the maze of faults which makes California America's most recent geologic puzzle. The book is exciting, if rambling, and demands some familiarity with geography and recent geologic terminology. Runger's presentation is slow enough to enable the listener to process most of the technical intricacies while at the same time lively enough to make the narrative passages interesting. Some materials, though, with their maps and diagrams, are better left in written format. This might be one. P.E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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