How They Got Here, What They Are, How to Find Them
Meryl King, Illustrated by Lance Anderson
This colorful, up-to-date, and concise children's book presents the amazing geology of Humboldt County in clear and informative language. It begins deep in the Gorda Trench, where sulfurous steam vents support giant tube worms, then moves on to describe an earthquake before describing the rocks that underlie all this action.
Tectonic plates are clearly explained as is the unusual Mendocino Triple Junction just offshore from Cape Mendocino and the Lost Coast. Also covers tsunamis, specific gravity, and how to annotate your rock collection.
Includes clear photos of 16 specific rocks to look for, including their golor, luster, hardness, relative weight and more, plus fossils. Then it details types of rocks found in Humboldt County and how to find and identify them on North Coast beaches and riverbanks. Includes three pages of places to look for and collect rocks and fossils plus a page detailing museums and visitor centers to visit and gem and mineral shows and societies.
While it was created for kids, most adults who are not geologists will learn plenty about Humboldt County geology and rocks from this fascinating book. Incidentally, it covers the sixth grade earth sciences curriculum with flying colors.
October 2011, 32 pages, 10" x 8", hardcover with full-color cover and insides, 44 full-color photographs, 9 full-color illustrations, 3 maps, glossary, bibliography, index. Published by Pepperwood Press. ISBN 978-0-9838941-0-0. Hardcover
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“Use this book as a tool to understand the rocks you find on local beaches. From a broad overview to the specific, it will teach you everything you need to know.”
— Dave Stockton, Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center