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Title: Rise and Fall of San Diego: 150 Million ...
Publisher: Sunbelt Publications, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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Rise and Fall of San Diego tells the prehistory of the San Diego area as recorded in the layers of sedimentary rocks. The land here has risen and fallen independently from the sea level which also has risen and fallen. The ever-changing landscapes and animal life through time are examined in this book. Numerous field-trips direct the reader to key localities to observe and understand the history stored in the rocks. Author Patrick L. Abbott has been a Professor of the Department of the Geological Studies, San Diego State University for the last 20 years. Over 60 articles in various publications and more than 20 published books have given him a deserved reputation as a prolific author and a recognized authority on the geology of San Diego County. He is a popular lecturer and field-trip guide who is frequently called upon by the media to interpret geological phenomena to San Diego residents.About the Author:
Pat Abbott was born in San Diego and grew up in the Kensington community. At Hoover High School his favorite subjects were ancient history and Latin. In college his passion for history was deepened by millions of years when he discovered geology. It was the perfect major-combining the creativity of the liberal arts with the potential for proof of the sciences. Abbott received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in sedimentary rocks. Over 60 articles in various publications and more than 20 published books earned him a deserved reputation as a prolific author and a recognized authority on the geology of San Diego County. Rise and Fall of San Diego is the result of 25 years of original research and esoteric publications in scientific journals. Abbott decided that the time had come for him to share his knowledge about sedimentary rocks in simpler language with interested non-geologists. Abbott's major current research projects focus on the massive, long run-out rock flows of Split Mountain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; the origin and distribution of Sonoran volcanics along the southern California coast; and identification and mitigation of major natural hazards in the heavily populated San Diego coastal regions. Abbott has been a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University since 1977. He is a popular lecturer and a field-trip guide who is frequently called upon by the media to interpret local geological phenomena. Abbott has hosted several radio talk shows and is often seen on local TV news programs, some of which he has helped organize. The Natural Disasters course he initiated at SDSU attracts over 3000 students per year. His leadership in several natural history and geology societies has included San Diego Natural History Museum-Vice Chair (1987-1990); the Society for Sedimentary Geology, Pacific Section-President (1988-1991); the Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section-Vice Chairman and Chairman (1990-1992). Abbott has always been active in sports: basketball, volleyball, and boxing are his favorites. The author's love of outdoor activity, learning, and traveling is well expressed in his devotion to his profession.
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