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  • Rising from the Plains
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 09 October 2017
  • 9780374520656

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  1. says:

    In Rising from the Plains John McPhee takes us on an exciting and fascinating road trip throughout Wyoming with geologist David Love The first half of the book is a beautiful blend of Wyoming geology and the history of Love’s family as they move into the Wind River Basin region in the early twentieth century The second

  2. says:

    ''Most maps are patched together from various papers and reports Dave has looked at all the rock It's all in one mind Most geologic maps are maps of time not rocks Malcolm McKenna uoted in John McPhee's Rising from the Plains I am nearly finis

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    Western history memoir geography and of course geology All mixed into one relatively slim volume People who have

  6. says:

    While studying general Wyoming history I learned by happy happenstance of John McPhee's 1986 book Rising From the Plains which unfolds the geological story of the state from the perspective of those American Western pioneers and their descendants who have inhabited the land for the last century Wyoming geologis

  7. says:

    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 regular folks would find appealing

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    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 bait and s

  9. says:

    Another excellent book by John McPhee This is about geology specifically Wyoming geology but it's also about David Love an apparently legendary geologist I say apparently because I don't know anything about geology

  10. says:

    This one is about Wyoming The Love family geologists Scottish stubborn survivalists living rough and ranching Jackson Hole and how it formed how the Rockies got exhumed how oil and uranium were unexpectedly found in Wyoming’s basins Also the theory of hot spots how plates move over them to form island chains and how the deep theory works un

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Rising from the Plains

People it 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. 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 regular folks would find appealing

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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 Rising from MOBI #224 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. Most maps are patched together from various papers and reports Dave has looked at all the rock It s all in one mind Most geologic maps are maps of time not rocks Malcolm McKenna uoted in John McPhee s Rising from the Plains I am nearly finished with the individual portions of Annals of the Former World Basin and Range In Suspect Terrain Assembling California All I have left is to read the section Crossing the Craton a forty page addition to his 40th parallelI 80 project that filled in the blank in the map and allowed the publishers of Annals of the Former World some additional McPhee text not found in the four main bookssections previously published to incentivize McPhee s fans to fork out the addtional 35 in 1998 to get the whole brilliant McPhee messI read these books a little out of order over a little over the last year I started off well with Basin Range In Suspect Terrain but then jumped to Assembling California since a couple of weeks ago I was going to be driving through California and figured it would be nice to have some geology of the geography I was going to be driving through next to me While I was a little disappointed with Assembling California I loved Rising from the Plains I don t know if it was a return to my roots Wyoming and Snake River and Mormon Country or the fact that this book seemed just to excite McPhee You could tell he loved the Loves David Love Yale educated geologist cowboy John Love David s father mirthful Scot ranchercowboy nephew of John Muir Ethel Waxham Love David s mother teacher writer He threads this family s golden personality and history with the geology and geography of WyomingThese books are dangerous and should not be given to children I am keeping them locked up with my William S Burroughs Henry Miller etc If my son or daughter no field geology sexist me were to discover these McPhee books too young she might just grow up to be a passionate field geologist Reading this as I near my 40s McPhee almost makes me want to take up a hammer hop on a horse and ride into the mountainsI give it four stars simply because Coming into the Country still exists for me as a slightly better book but I think the combined energy of all of the Annals is definitely amazing Sottomissione engaged by the spatial complexities of the science you could miss a richness of human. Most maps are patched together from various papers and reports Dave has looked at all the rock It s all in one mind Most geologic maps are maps of time not rocks Malcolm McKenna uoted in John McPhee s Rising from the Plains I am nearly finished with the individual portions of Annals of the Former World Basin and Range In Suspect Terrain Assembling California All I have left is to read the section Crossing the Craton a forty page addition to his 40th parallelI 80 project that filled in the blank in the map and allowed the publishers of Annals of the Former World some additional McPhee text not found in the four main bookssections previously published to incentivize McPhee s fans to fork out the addtional 35 in 1998 to get the whole brilliant McPhee messI read these books a little out of order over a little over the last year I started off well with Basin Range In Suspect Terrain but then jumped to Assembling California since a couple of weeks ago I was going to be driving through California and figured it would be nice to have some geology of the geography I was going to be driving through next to me While I was a little disappointed with Assembling California I loved Rising from the Plains I don t know if it was a return to my roots Wyoming and Snake River and Mormon Country or the fact that this book seemed just to Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown excite McPhee You could tell he loved the Loves David Love Yale The Isles educated geologist cowboy John Love David s father mirthful Scot ranchercowboy nephew of John Muir Ethel Waxham Love David s mother teacher writer He threads this family s golden personality and history with the geology and geography of WyomingThese books are dangerous and should not be given to children I am keeping them locked up with my William S Burroughs Henry Miller KING etc If my son or daughter no field geology sexist me were to discover these McPhee books too young she might just grow up to be a passionate field geologist Reading this as I near my 40s McPhee almost makes me want to take up a hammer hop on a horse and ride into the mountainsI give it four stars simply because Coming into the Country still Ty jesteś moje imię exists for me as a slightly better book but I think the combined The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy energy of all of the Annals is definitely amazing

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History that has 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. Western history memoir geography and of course geology All mixed into one relatively slim volume People who have vivid mental maps of Wyoming and have driven I 80 preferably many times will be the most avid readers As I read I kept wondering why the authorpublisher didn t use illustrations Verbal descriptions of geologic features aren t nearly as instructive as one good drawing There is a map but it s pretty generalAnother criticism there isn t an Index which is an omission I don t understand I know I ll want to refer back to specific discussions so I ended up making my own brief index including topics such as selenium Larmide Orogeny Never Summer Mountains in Colorado Hayden and watercress trona antelope trap all referring to tidbits of info that I found interestingAnd here s one uotep 195 Before the federal Bureau of Reclamation built a dam there Flaming Gorge was one of the scenic climaxes of the American West a 700 ft canyon in arching Triassic red beds so bright they did indeed suggest flame Some of the high water penetrates beds of tronaTrona I d never heard of it McPhee explains that trona is sodium sesuicarbontate used in ceramics and textiles pulp and paper iron and steel and most especially glass Mining of this mineral has released a lot of salt into the environment which of course is never good And to think that I d never heard of the stuffThis isn t a book I d read for pleasure A few pages at a time were plenty I had about convinced myself not to pick up another one of his books but I ve changed my mind I ll watch for a book about an area that I m familiar with


About the Author: John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton New Jersey and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker where he has been a staff writer since The same year he published his first book A Sense of Where You Are with FSG and soon followed with The Headmaster Rising from MOBI :à Oranges The P.