When I moved to Montana from California in 2004, I quickly got a copy of the Roadside Geology of Montana. I am no geologist, but I had just taken several geology courses at a community college near San Diego. I did a lot of driving around to acquaint myself with what was around Bozeman, MT. The book came in handy to learn about some of the geologic landscapes I was seeing. On to Oregon in 2010, and the Roadside Geology of Oregon. When I got my used copy, I noted it was published in 1978(!), the same year I was born. I wondered when the publisher would put out a new, updated edition. Well, now!
Marli B. Miller, Roadside Geology of Oregon (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2014), 380 pp.
Publisher’s description When the first edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon was published in 1978, it was revolutionary the first book in a series designed to educate, inspire, and wow nongeologists. Back then, the implications of plate tectonic theory were only beginning to shape geologic research and discussion. Geologists hadn’t yet learned that Oregon’s Klamath and Blue Mountains were pieces of far-traveled island arcs and ocean basins that had been piled against the growing North American continent. Steaming volcanoes, ghost forests, recent landslides, and towns heated with geothermal energy attest to Oregon’s still-prominent position at the edge of an active tectonic plate.
Geologist, photographer, and author Marli Miller has written a completely new second edition based on the most up-to-date understanding of Oregon’s geology. Spectacular photographs showcase the state’s splendor while also helping readers understand geologic processes at work. Roadside Geology of Oregon is a must-have for every Oregon resident, student, and rockhound alike.