Traveling to explore new landscapes–and returning to favorite ones–will be one of many joys gradually reopening to us after the months of just-stay-at-home guidelines. This winter I’ve been planning future road trips in California and beyond, and I can recommend some great books about the geology in the western states.
Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel high on a ridge in the Andes Mountains, is one of the most impressive and widely recognized archaeological sites on Earth. Since I am fascinated by this spectacular place, I’ve written about it in several blog posts. In a new article I’ve focused on the geology – and this is posted on a website called "GondwanaTalks".
A birds-eye view of view the landscape as it unfolds is unique. For this reason, many travelers, and especially geologists, try to sit in window seats on airline flights. Unfortunately, many of us are not planning to travel on airplanes anytime soon...but we can admire photos!
The US Geological Survey produces maps that are works of art, as well as highly informative cartography. Meticulously hand drawn by artists, many of these maps can be appreciated for their visual appeal, even if you don’t delve too deeply into the details of rock units, faults and folds. One of my all-time favorites is the "Geologic Map of the United States" published in 1974.
Vacationing in Desolation Canyon sounds a bit, well, grim. So, I had a few twinges of apprehension about taking a multi-day white-water rafting trip through this canyon. It was formed a few million years ago [...]