Hard Road West
History and Geology Along the Gold Rush Trail
By (author) Keith Heyer Meldahl
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Hard Road West by Keith Heyer Meldahl
Book DescriptionIn 1849, news of the discovery of gold in California triggered an enormous wave of emigration toward the Pacific. Lured by the promise of riches, thousands of settlers left behind the forests, rain, and fertile soil of the eastern United States in favor of the rough-hewn lands of the American West. The dramatic terrain they struggled to cross is so familiar to us now that it is hard to imagine how frightening - even godforsaken - its sheer rock faces and barren deserts seemed to our forebears."Hard Road West" brings their perspective vividly to life, weaving together the epic overland journey of the covered wagon trains and the compelling story of the landscape they encountered. Taking readers along the 2,000-mile California Trail, Keith Heyer Meldahl uses the diaries and letters of the settlers themselves - as well as the countless hours he has spent following the trail - to reveal how the geology and geography of the West directly affected our nation's westward expansion. He guides us through a corrugated landscape of sawtooth mountains, following the meager streams that served as lifelines through an arid land, all the way to California itself, where colliding tectonic plates created breathtaking scenery and planted the gold that lured travelers west in the first place.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226519623
(230mm x 165mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Keith Heyer Meldahl
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Southern California is sandwiched between two tectonic plates with an ever-shifting boundary. Over the last several million years, movements of these plates have dramatically reshuffled the Earth's crust to create rugged landscapes and seascapes riven with active faults. This book tells the scientific story of the Southern California coast.
Rough-Hewn Land, Paperback (June 2013)» View all books by Keith Heyer Meldahl
Explores America's most spectacular and scientifically intriguing landscapes. In this title, the author examines the evidence for how these rough-hewn lands came to be. It also helps to learn how geologic forces have shaped human experience in the past and how they direct the fate of the West today.
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Author Biography - Keith Heyer Meldahl
Keith Heyer Meldahl is professor of geology and oceanography at MiraCosta College in California.
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