Creation of the Teton Landscape The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park
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Creation of the Teton Landscape The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park

By J. D. Love, John C. (John Calvin) Reed
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Table of Contents
  • CREATION OF THE TETON LANDSCAPE The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park
  • CONTENTS
  • FOREWORD
  • THE STORY BEGINS
    • First questions, brief answers
    • An extraordinary story
    • An astronaut’s view
    • A pilot’s view
    • A motorist’s view
      • View north.—
      • View west.—
      • View south.—
    • View north.—
    • View west.—
    • View south.—
    • A mountaineer’s view
  • CARVING THE RUGGED PEAKS
    • Steep mountain slopes—the perpetual battleground
    • Rock disintegration and gravitational movement
    • Running water cuts and carries
    • Glaciers scour and transport
    • Effects on Jackson Hole
  • MOUNTAIN UPLIFT
    • Kinds of mountains
    • Anatomy of faults
    • Time and rate of uplift
    • Why are mountains here?
    • The restless land
  • ENORMOUS TIME AND DYNAMIC EARTH
    • Framework of time
    • Rocks and relative age
    • Fossils and geologic time
    • Radioactive clocks
    • The yardstick of geologic time
  • PRECAMBRIAN ROCKS—THE CORE OF THE TETONS
    • Ancient gneisses and schists
    • Granite and pegmatite
    • Black dikes
    • Quartzite
    • A backward glance
    • The close of the Precambrian—end of the beginning
  • THE PALEOZOIC ERA—TIME OF LONG-VANISHED SEAS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE
    • The Paleozoic sequence
    • Alaska Basin—site of an outstanding rock and fossil record
    • Advance and retreat of Cambrian seas: an example
    • Younger Paleozoic formations
  • THE MESOZOIC—ERA OF TRANSITION
    • Colorful first Mesozoic strata
    • Drab Cretaceous strata
    • Birth of the Rocky Mountains
  • TERTIARY—TIME OF MAMMALS, MOUNTAINS, LAKES, AND VOLCANOES
    • Rise and burial of mountains
    • The First Big Lake
    • Development of mammals
    • Volcanoes
  • QUATERNARY—TIME OF ICE, MORE LAKES, AND CONTINUED CRUSTAL DISTURBANCE
    • Hoback normal fault
    • Volcanic activity
    • Preglacial lakes
    • The Ice Age
    • Modern glaciers
  • THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
  • APPENDIX
    • Acknowledgements
    • Selected references—if you wish to read further
    • About the authors
  • Index of selected terms and features
  • The GRAND TETON NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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