Basin and Range

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708568

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The first of John McPhee's works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world—a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United States that reaches from eastern Utah to eastern California, a silent world of austere beauty, of hundreds of discrete high mountain ranges that are green with junipers and often white with snow. The terrain becomes the setting for a lyrical evocation of the science of geology, with important digressions into the plate-tectonics revolution and the history of the geologic time scale.

Plant Biology of the Basin and Range

Author: C.Barry Osmond,Louis F. Pitelka,George M. Hidy

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 364274799X

Category: Science

Page: 375

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In a very real sense, much of North American physiological plant ecol ogy began in the Basin and Range and has been researched there over the last four decades. However, we believe that this book may be the first attempt to bring together the full range of contemporary research into the fascinating plant biology of the Basin and Range Province. We have invited contributions from researchers presently working in and around the Province and asked them to review the major vegetation zones and distinctive environmental issues from a predominantly plant ecophysiological perspective. As researchers interested in plant physi ological and ecological processes, and in atmospheric processes affect ing vegetation, we have tended to emphasize the atmosphere, plant, soil continuum in structuring this book. After an introduction to the geography of the region, we deal with atmospheric processes and climates of the Great Basin, follow with chapters on the different vegetational zones, treated from ecophysiological perspectives, and then place emphasis on plant-soil relations. We have not treated plant animal interactions in the detail that the impacts of man and his domesticated animals on the desert ecosystem deserve. However we have included a review of a very promising technique (analysis of stable isotopes at natural abundance) for integration of these processes. We close with a compelling statement of the case for the Great Basin as a laboratory for climatic change research, prepared by a multidisciplinary team from the Desert Research Institute.

Proceedings Volume, Basin and Range Province Seismic-Hazards Summit II

Evaluating Approaches, Techniques, and Policies for Seismic Hazard Characterization in Extensional Regions

Author: William R. Lund

Publisher: Utah Geological Survey

ISBN: 1557917256

Category: Earthquake hazard analysis

Page: N.A

View: 1847


Proceedings of a conference examining the siesmic activity in the Western United States, with special attention to dangerous, or potentially dangerous, earthquare activity. Sponsored and organized by the Western States Seismic Policy Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Basin and range

a history of Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Author: Harlan D. Unrau,United States. National Park Service

Publisher: N.A


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 690

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Accommodation zones and transfer zones; the regional segmentation of the Basin and Range Province

Author: James E. Faulds,John H. Stewart

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372323X

Category: Science

Page: 247

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This volume focuses on the geometry, kinematic development, and origin of regional segmentation structures within the basin and range province of Western North America. Contributions range from analysis of individiual structures to broad regional syntheses, including a map of basin and range structures and tilt domains. Several papers discuss the implications of regional segmentation structures in assessing seismic hazards, hydrocarbon and mineral resources, and ground-water supplies.