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    EBOOK or PDF Rising from the Plains ✓ John McPhee This book was phenomenalIt is a must read for anyone interested in Rocky Mountain geology or in getting a glimpse into the American westThis book has been republished in McPhee's larger Annals of a Former World It is a biography of

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    EBOOK or PDF Rising from the Plains ✓ John McPhee Western history memoir geography and of course geology All mixed into one relatively slim volume People who have vivid mental maps of Wyoming an

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    John McPhee Ç 3 read & download EBOOK or PDF Rising from the Plains ✓ John McPhee “ Had this been a May morning a hundred million years ago in Cretaceous time we would have been many fathoms underwater in a broad arm of the sea which covered the continental platform—reached across the North

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    EBOOK or PDF Rising from the Plains ✓ John McPhee Mind numbingly abstruse I don't see how anyone who is not in the geology field could find this book remotely accessible Maybe I just lack the intellectual curiosity or capacity for this book Or maybe it's just a slog of a book that few regula

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    John McPhee Ç 3 read & download read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç John McPhee EBOOK or PDF Rising from the Plains ✓ John McPhee With the last two Annals of the Former World books it's become somewhat obvious that these books are as much the story of of specific geologists as they are of the geology itself This book spends a lot time on the life of David Love and his parents than it does on the actual geology itselfI suppose I should be disappointed by the

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Rising from the Plains review ´ 103 Is also a history of the landscape around them where with remarkable rapidity mountains came up out of the flat terrain Gradually the mountains were buried until only the higher peaks remained above a vast plain Recently they have been exhumed and they stand now as the Rockies Rising from the Plains is John McPhee's third book on geology and geologists Following Basin and Range and In Suspect Terrain it continues to present a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallel a series gathering under the overall title Annals of the Former World Description from the first edition dust jacket 198. Had this been a May morning a hundred million years ago in Cretaceous time we would have been many fathoms underwater in a broad arm of the sea which covered the continental platform reached across the North American craton the Stable Interior Craton from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean where vegetation flourished in coastal swamps They would have been like the Florida Everglades the peat fens of East Anglia or borders of the Java Sea which stand just as temporarily reported to the future as coal The Cretaceous is not far back in the history of the world It s in the last three per cent of time The spread of time at Rawlins like the rock column in a great many places in Wyoming was so impressively detailed that it seemed to suggest that Wyoming in its one thirty seventh of the United States contains a disproportionate percentage of American geology That the one was in fact directly on top of the other was a nomenclatural Tower of Babel that contained in its central paradox the narrative of the Rockies the burial of the ranges the subseuent uplifting of the entire region the exhumation of the mountains As if to emphasize all that people had not only named this single mountain range as if it were two but also bestowed upon the highest summit of the Snowy Range the name Medicine Bow Peak It was up there making its point at twelve thousand thirteen feet Imagine my disappointment that the author doesn t swing south to the mountains I know so well but stays up in Wyoming which is an enigmatic place I know a little I fell in love with geology in Utah and ultimately that geology is a little easy to digest since the Colorado Plateau is a like a little raft immune to the warping and obscuring mountain building of the Rockies so it did take me a while to even read about the Rockies being super intimidated But I know some of Wyoming and I know the Gangplank And I can tell you there is a moment when you transfer from I 25 to I 80 at Cheyenne and the way the road is built you feel you are flying into the sky the great western giant electric sky and it is sacred harmonic experienceMcPhee continues with great imagery of snapshots of time which I loved about this section there was a lot about the history of the geologist s family which is a stunning portrait of frontier life but what I know of Wyoming what it became from that I fear colors my reading of it and I just can t embrace the warm and happy mythologizing he does The first time I read it I thought it was okay but now I just know too much Wyoming the least populous state has a strangling conservative ethos that is not okay Read about Matthew Shephard It is still those times To the uestion What lifted the Colorado Plateau the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountain platform the answer given by this theory is The plumes of Raton and Yellowstone The Colorado Plateau lies between the two hot spot tracks and Morgan believes that their combined influence is what lifted it setting up the hydraulic energy that has etched out the canyonlandsThat the two hot spots at any rate are progressively lifting the country is a point reinforced by a remarkable observation a line drawn between them is the Continental Divide Back to the geology The Rockies are mountains that are not on a plate boundary making them mysterious and almost an exception to plate tectonics They are instead mountains made and then buried in their own eroded debris Higher than high they eroded and buried themselves so they are being revealed now exhumed Everywhere I go now I envision a Maroon Bell under the hill just waiting to be revealed On the east flank of the Laramie Range is a piece of ground that somehow escaped exhumation Actually contiguous with Miocene remains that extend far into Nebraska it is the only place between Mexico and Canada where the surface that covered the mountains still reaches up to a summit Yet this one piece of the Great Plains extremely narrow but still intact extends like a finger and as ever touches the mountain core the pink deroofed Precambrian granite the top of the range At this place as nowhere else you can step off the Great Plains directly onto a Rocky Mountain summit It is known to geologists as the gangplankThe mean temperature is 38 degrees Conditions are about the same in this part of Wyoming as at the Arctic Circle And The Wind There was almost no soil in that part of the range just twelve miles breadth of rough pink rock As you go from Chicago west soil diminishes in thickness and fertility and when you get to the gangplank and up here on top of the Laramie Range there is virtually none Love said It s had ten million years to develop and there s none Why Wind that s why The wind blows away everything smaller than gravelStanding in that wind was like standing in river rapids It was a wind embellished with gusts but over all it was primordially steady a consistent southwest wind which had been blowing that way not just through human history but in every age since the creation of the mountains a record written clearly in wind scored rock Trees were widely scattered up there and where they existed appeared to be rooted in the rock itself Their crowns looked like umbrellas that had been turned inside out and were streaming off the trunks downwind Wind erosion has tremendous significance in this part of the Rocky Mountain region Love said Even down in Laramie the trees are tilted Old timers used to say that a Wyoming wind gauge was an anvil on a length of chain When the land was surveyed the surveyors couldn t keep their tripods steady They had to work by night or near sunrise People went insane because of the windOn I 80 wind will capsize tractor trailers When snow falls on Wyoming its travels are only beginning Snow snows again from the ground up moves along the surface in ground blizzards that can blind whole counties Love said he thought the role of the wind had been much greater than hitherto suspected in the Exhumation of the Rockies Water of course was the obvious agent for the digging and removal of the basin fill as a look at the Mississippi Delta would tend to confirmStreams only account for about half the material that was taken up and out of here Since it is not all in the delta where did it go So much has been taken away that it s got to be explained in some other manner I think the wind took it My personal feeling is that a lot of it blew eastward to the Atlantic Possibly some went to Hudson Bay but in one dust storm several years ago a great deal of debris from Kansas and Nebraska and Colorado went into the Atlantic a storm that lasted only a couple of days And so as we plunged down Telephone Canyon the interstate was tilting less than the rock of the roadcuts and the red sandstone yielded gradually interstitially to the younger limestones until the sandstone was gone altogether and we were moving through the floor of an ocean It was full of crinoids brachiopods and algal buttons which had lived near the euator in a place like the Bismarck Archipelago or an arm of the Celebes Sea My other resonant memory is of travelling I 80 from San Francisco to Philly on a cross country trip we drove and drove across Wyoming waiting for the Rockies to appear and waiting and waiting I had planned the route I knew the map showed a flattish area so I assumed they would be in the distance a bit but I thought we would know them We got to Cheyenne near dark and realized it was over and felt a little stupid Who knew it would only take me about 10 years to know that area when my brother and his family lived in Laramie It is a time spanning time travel moment when I still go there for some holidays with his inlaws How did this piece of land escape the Exhumation of the Rockies yes the official title of the mountain event less an mountain building orogeny than a revealing epeirogeny I am still not sure so have to imagine the experts aren t either During the Exhumation something like 50 000 cubic miles was excavated and deposited here and there Fifty thousand cubic miles The internet gave me this comparison One cubic mile is 147197952000 cubic feet If on average one human being takes up a space 2 feet by 2 feet by 6 feet it means we occupy 24 cubic feet per person So divide 147197952000 by 24 and you get 6133248000 which means that in the year 2000 when the world population reached 6 billion we d all have fit in a cubic mile with room left over for another 133 million folks The population now has reached over 67 billion so today there d be a little overflow Or think of Lake Superior at 2900 cubic miles in volume These mountain ranges were coming up out of the craton heartland of the continent the Stable Interior Craton It was as if mountains had appeared in Ohio inboard of the Appalachian thrust sheets like a family of hogs waking up beneath a large blanket An authentic enigma on a grand scale this was one of the oddest occurrences in the tectonic history of the world During those thirty million years after things went blah the Rockies were uietly buried ever deeper in their own debris and not so peacefully in materials oozing overland or falling from the skyVolcanic sands from Yellowstone and from elsewhere to the west were spread by the wind and in places formed giant dunes Two thousand feet of sand accumulated in central WyomingNineteen thousand the thickest Miocene deposit in America went into the sinking Jackson Hole From the Wind River Mountains southward to Colorado and eastward to Nebraska the plain was unbroken except for the tops of the highest peaks One of the other mysteries of the region are the rivers and their mystery may account for the way the mountains were revealed and why my heart has found it place here The oldest river in the United States is called the New River It has existed in North Carolina Virginia and West Virginia for a little than one and a half per cent of the history of the worldThe Colorado River which has only recently appeared on earth has excavated the Grand Canyon in very little time From its beginning human beings could have watched the Grand Canyon being made The streams lay in patterns that had no relationship to the Eocene topography buried far below Some of them rushing along through what is now the Wyoming sky happened to cross the crests of buried ranges If a river happened to be lying above a spur of a buried range it would cut down through the spur and seem eventually without logic with considerable magic to flow into a mountain range change its mind and come back out another way Eventually of course is now In fact there is no obvious relationship between most of the major rivers in Wyoming and the landscapes they traverse While rivers elsewhere running in their dendritic patterns like the veins in a leaf shape in harmony the landscapes they dominate almost all the rivers of the Rockies seem to argue with nature as well as with common sense Other uotes The classic plays Teton Beartooth Wind River were not out here on the street but meanwhile these roadcuts were like posters advertising the dramatic events suggesting their narratives fabrics and structuresA geologist who grew up in Wyoming could not ignore economic geology could not ignore vertebrate paleontology could not ignore the narrative details in any chapter of time every period in the history of the world was represented in Wyoming After than half a century with the story assembling in his mind he can roll it like a Roman scroll From the Precambrian beginnings he can watch the landscape change see it move grow collapse and shuffle itself in an intricate imbricate manner not in spatial chaos but by cause and effect through time He can see it in motion now in several ways responsively moving in the present its appearance indebted to the paradox that while the region generally appears to have been rising the valley has collapsedThe foreland ranges as the mountains east of the overthrust are called the Wind Rivers Uintas Bighorns Medicine Bows Laramie Range and so forth came into the world with their own odd syncopation albeit the general chronology went from west to east and the Laramie Range was among the last to rise In what Love has called some of the greatest localized vertical displacement known anywhere in the world the Wind Rivers rose sixty thousand feet with respect to the rock around them the Uintas fifty thousand others as muchThe excavation had exposed the broken upturned ends of Pennsylvanian sandstones dipping steeply eastward and leaning on the mountains They rested there like lumber stood against a barn These red sandstones lean against the Laramie Range on both sides By themselves they tell the story of the Laramide Orogeny for they are a part of what was deroofed They are a part of the Paleozoic package that once rested flat on the deep Precambrian granite They are thought by some to have been Pennsylvanian beach sands

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Rising from the Plains review ´ 103 This is about high country geology and a Rocky Mountain regional geologist I raise that semaphore here at the start so no one will feel misled by an opening passage in which a slim young woman who is not in any sense a geologist steps down from a train in Rawlins Wyoming in order to go north by stagecoach into country that was still very much the Old West So begins John McPhee's Rising from the Plains If you like to read about geology you will find good reading here If on the other hand you are not much engaged by the spatial complexities of the science you could miss a richness of human history that ha. This book was phenomenalIt is a must read for anyone interested in Rocky Mountain geology or in getting a glimpse into the American westThis book has been republished in McPhee s larger Annals of a Former World It is a biography of the famous Wyoming geologist J David Love But it also gives a beautiful overview of the geology of Wyoming through Love s eyesSome of the geology is a bit outdated but it does not distract from the greater good

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Rising from the Plains review ´ 103 S 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 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 While Rising from the Plains is a portrayal of extraordinary people it. This is the third time I ve read Rising from the Plains and it seems as fresh today as when I first read it for a geology class back in the mid 90 s John McPhee who wrote for the The New York Times for many years is an engaging writer and in this book weaves the geology of the high plains with the story of famed Rocky Mountain geologist David Love and his family who settled in central Wyoming in the first decade of the twentieth century Having lived in Wyoming myself I am familiar with the area about which he writes Wyoming is filled with unexpected landscapes that are awesome forbidding and beautiful Even if you don t understand the geological terms or timeline the book can be enjoyed for its depiction of ranch life in one of the harshest environments in the continental USand the pure pleasure of McPhee s prose The Wyoming landscape is uniue in the world and is composed of many mountain ranges in addition to the well known Rockies and Tetons The Rocky Mountains are new mountains relatively speaking that have covered older ranges That is the case across the state new ranges moved or enfolded older ranges pushing them every which way Water has carved anomalies like the Devil s Footprint and Flaming Gorge Wind has played an even larger role in shaping the landscape There are fossils galore and along the I 80 corridor one views rock stratification created over millions of years from the earliest days of our continent through later ages until recent geological time 10 million years ago I highly recommend this book it s one of my favorites not only because of the memories it evokes but also because geology fascinates me and John McPhee who does an excellent job of showing why

  • Paperback
  • 208
  • Rising from the Plains
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 23 March 2018
  • 9780374520656