Geology Underfoot Along Colorado’s Front Range


“Lon Abbott and Terri Cook have prepared what is sure to become the classic guide to a potpourri of wonderful places to visit, enjoy, and learn about the diverse geology found along the Front Ranges. The pictures and images are first class and very helpful.”
—Vince Matthews, Former Director, Colorado Geologic Survey

Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front Range, book coverThe transition from the relatively flat Great Plains to the craggy peaks of Colorado’s Front Range is one of North America’s most abrupt topographical contrasts.

“I am thrilled by the way you two tied in the geology of Colorado to the entire earth.”—Raul Georr

The epic, 1,800-million-year geologic story behind this amazing landscape is even more awe inspiring. The 21 chapters, or vignettes, in Geology Underfoot along Colorado’s Front Range narrate this tale, from the Front Range’s humble beginnings as a flat, nondescript seafloor through several ghostly incarnations as towering mountain ranges.

“Thanks again for the best popular geology book I’ve read.”—Michael Stevens

At easily accessible stops along the Front Range’s highways and byways you’ll meet the apatosaur and other dinosaurs who roamed the floodplains and beaches that once covered the Front Range; look for diamonds in rare, out-of-the-way volcanic pipes; learn how America’s mountain, Pikes Peak, developed from molten magma miles below the surface only to become an important visual landmark; and walk the Gangplank, a singularly important plateau for both nineteenth-century westward expansion and our understanding of the Front Range’s most recent exhumation.

“It is WONDERFUL.”—Sarah Rogers

“The latest offering from geologist Lon Abbott and science writer Terri Cook is a tale of the geologic history of the entire Colorado Front Range, interwoven with stories of the state’s human history. The book is divided into small vignettes about different places, so readers can easily tackle small chunks at a time — maybe, for example while riding down I-25 toward Colorado Springs to explore Garden of the Gods or another great geologic site. The book is designed for any adult reader. It is sufficiently sophisticated that professional geologists will learn from it, but the prose is clear and clean enough that lay readers will not be lost in a sea of unintelligible jargon and scientific concepts. It’s also nicely illustrated with more than 200 diagrams and photographs.”—EARTH Magazine, Geomedia Guide

“The book is well written and easy to understand. I highly recommend reading this if you are curious about the geology of Colorado’s Front Range!”—Randall Turner


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Geology Underfoot in Northern Arizona

Geology Underfoot in Northern ArizonaFrom the plunging depths of the Grand Canyon to jagged volcanic peaks, from Sedona’s vibrant red rocks to the tapered slot of Antelope Canyon, Geology Underfoot in Northern Arizona introduces you to a land of contrasts.

“A rare combination of effective scientific and literary presentation, this one is highly recommended.” —C. Smith

At twenty special sites in this timeless landscape, readers can see and sometimes touch evidence of an ancient supercontinent and colliding volcanic island arcs, mighty mountain ranges and tropical seas, thousand-foot sand dunes, a meteor with deep impact, swimming dilophosaurs, a spring that grows rock, and more.

“Lon Abbott and Terri Cook write knowledgeably and clearly about the geologic paradise that is Northern Arizona.”—Wayne Ranney, Author, Carving Grand Canyon and Sedona Through Time

“If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon…buy this book and read it.”—Benjamin Andersen

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Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Geology by Terri Cook and Lon Abbott

Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology, bookEtched on the Grand Canyon’s steep walls are stories of how this majestic landscape came to be: volcanic islands, stark deserts, and tranquil seas come and gone, and histories of plants and animals that have made this place their home.

“This text was a true delight and an eye-opener. The explanations of the geology associated with each step down the different trails really brings to life the geological history of the Canyon.” —Gary Barnes

You’ll see this story up close on the trail with the help of Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Geology. In eighteen excursions, there’s something for everyone-from the most popular rim-to-river trails to gentle, half-day rim walks to rugged and remote multi-day backpack trips.

“The authors actually make events of the last 4600 million years (!) jump off the page as if they were part of a live action series!”—Bob Hockett

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Weekend Rock: Arizona

Book, Weekend Rock Arizona, rock climbingWhether you are an Arizona climber who wants to get out for the weekend or a visiting climber seeking winter sun, Weekend Rock: Arizona will help you make the most of your time on the rock. Most approaches are short, drive times from Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson are noted, and climbs range from a few minutes to a full day. Even better, these routes have been selected for quality of experience, rated on a three-star system.

“Great description to get us to the climbing areas and climb! We used it on our iPad, and had it downloaded within minutes.” —Timothy Sveum

Ten major destinations are covered: Dragoon Mountains, Oak Creek Overlook, Granite Mountain, Pinnacle Peak, Jacks Canyon, Queen Creek, McDowell Mountains, Sedona, Mount Lemmon, and Thumb Butte.

“Fantastic!”—T. Triche

Multi-pitch granite cracks and slabs, pocketed sport climbs on welded tuff and limestone, hand-friendly basalt cracks and corners, and soaring sandstone spires provide trad and sport climbers with all the variety the sport has to offer.

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Introduction to Geology Laboratory Manual

Introductory Geology Lab Manual

The first online textbook at University of Colorado-Boulder, this Introduction to Geology laboratory manual is the perfect companion for exploring the geologic formations in and around Boulder, Colorado.

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