9780374520656

Rising from the Plains

  • ISBN 13:

    9780374520656

  • ISBN 10:

    0374520658

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/01/1987
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

Rising from the Plainsis John McPhee's third book on geology and geologists. FollowingBasin and RangeandIn Suspect Terrain, it continues to present a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallela series gathering under the overall titleAnnals of the Former World. John McPheeis the author of more than 25 books, includingAnnals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer atThe New Yorkersince 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPhee'sEncounters with the ArchdruidandThe Curve of Binding Energywere both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. If you like to read about geology, John McPhee'sRising for Plainsis an indispensable text on the subject. If, on the other hand, you are not much engaged by the spatial complexities of the science, you could miss a richness if human history that has its place among the strata described. Sometimes it is said of geologists that they reflect in their professional styles the sort of country in which they grew up. Nowhere could that be more true than in the life of a geologist born in the center of Wyoming and raised on an isolated ranch. This is the story of that ranch, soon after the turn of the century, and of the geologist who grew up there, at home with the composition of the high country in the way that someone growing up in a coastal harbor would be at home with the vagaries of the sea. Rising from the Plainsis McPhee's third book on geology and geologists. FollowingBasin and RangeandIn Suspect Terrain, it continues to present a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallela series gathering under the overall titleAnnals of the Former World. "McPhee rides shotgun across Wyoming in a four-wheel-drive Bronco while the geologist David Love steers, lectures, and reminisces . . . This instructive account of the geologic West and the frontier West is a delight."Evan S. Connell, The New York Times Book Review "Mr. McPhee has created a styleblending detailed reporting with a novelistic sense of narrativeand a standard that have influenced a whole generation of journalists."Timothy Bay,The Baltimore Sun "McPhee offers a striking picture of the Rawlins Uplift, the stratified protrusion that rises from the Plains providing a rare chance to 'see' and sense 260 million years of layering, from the Archean eon to the Miocene . . . Much of the book is given over to descriptions of the Rocky ranges, their form and formation, and to comparisons with other geologically interesting areas. In a style that is uniquely McPhee, readers get to know the landscapes as they get to know those who study them: intimately. This makes it a very personal book."Peter I. Rose,The Christian Science Monitor(Eastern edition) "Although it stands well on its own, this book can be viewed as a continuation of McPhee'sBasin and RangeandIn Suspect Terrain. As in those earlier works, the central theme of this book is the geology of an area near Interstate 80, this time the Rocky Mountains and adjacent terrain in Wyoming. McPhee skillfully weaves together the personal history of Rocky Mountain geologist David Love and his family with the geological history of the region, chronicling both the story of pioneering homesteaders and that of ancient seas, volcanoes, and episodes of mountain building. He also details the search for resources and the environmental effect of their discovery, as well as the inner workings of geology."Joseph Hannibal,Library Journal

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