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Assembling California
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date January 1, 1993
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374106454
ISBN-10 0374106452
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $21.00
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Summary
The final volume of a continental tetrology that tracks the author's travels along the fault lines of the earth's shifting plates discusses how a half a dozen large pieces of country have drifted from far and near to coalesce as California. 60,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
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At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis. The result of these trips is Assembling California, a cross-section in human and geologic time, from Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada through the golden foothills of the Mother Lode and across the Great Central Valley to the wine country of the Coast Ranges, the rock of San Francisco, and the San Andreas family of faults. The two disparate time scales occasionally intersect—in the gold disruptions of the nineteenth century no less than in the earthquakes of the twentieth—and always with relevance to a newly understood geologic history in which half a dozen large and separate pieces of country are seen to have drifted in from far and near to coalesce as California. McPhee and Moores also journeyed to remote mountains of Arizona and to Cyprus and northern Greece, where rock of the deep-ocean floor has been transported into continental settings, as it has in California. Global in scope and a delight to read, Assembling California is a sweeping narrative of maps in motion, of evolving and dissolving lands.


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Hardcover
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from Farrar Straus & Giroux (January 1, 1993)
9780374106454 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $21.00
About: Drawing on his travels along the fault lines of the earth's shifting plates, the author discusses how a half dozen large pieces of country have drifted from far and near to coalesce as California
Paperback
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from Farrar Straus & Giroux (February 1, 1994)
9780374523930 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.00
About: At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis.

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