Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California by David D. AltI own the earlier edition (which is just Northern Calif). If youre in the market, the latest edition is the one to get (or order from the library). These guys write well, and know their stuff. You will earn interesting stuff, regardless of your skill level and/or knowledge of geology. Im a professional geologist, and Ive seen a lot of bad or mediocre hiway guides over the years (Halka Chronic), Im looking at you). This one is starting out GREAT.
And its still great, two thirds (or more) through. Definitely go for the 2nd edition, with color maps & photos, is the advice of Amazon readers. I havent seen that one (yet).
Heres my review of the older edition: https:///review/show...
And Ill also refer you to an older guidebook, Geologic History of Middle California (1979) https:///review/show... Its a bit out of date, but pocket size. If you find a copy for a dollar or two, or if your library still has a copy....
Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California
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Spectacular photographs showcase multihued rock, from red chert and green serpentinite to blue schist and gray granite. The color geologic road maps, based on the Geologic Map of California , are detailed and easy to read. The geologic information, particularly for the Klamath Mountains, Modoc Plateau, and northern Sierra Nevada, has been updated to reflect the more recent geologic understanding of these complex areas. For your next road trip, replace your tattered, dog-eared copy of the old edition with this gorgeous new volume. Dave Alt and Don Hyndman started the popular and long-lived Roadside Geology series in the s, with the publication of Roadside Geology of Northern California in Dave Alt passed away in , but his passion for teaching and his wry humor carry on in this revision.