seeing the varied landscapes of the earth as they used to look
throughout hundreds of millions of years of earth history. Tropical
seas lap on the shores of an Arizona beach. Immense sand dunes shift
and swirl in Sahara-like deserts in Utah and New Mexico. Ancient rivers
spill from a mountain range in Colorado that was a precursor to the
Such flights of geologic fancy are now tangible through the
thought-provoking and beautiful paleogeographic maps, reminiscent of
the maps in world atlases we all paged through as children, of Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.
|Ron Blakey of Northern Arizona University is one of the world’s
foremost authorities on the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau.
For more than fifteen years, he has meticulously created maps that show
how numerous past landscapes gave rise to the region’s stunning
Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau
is the first book to showcase Blakey’s remarkable work. His maps
are accompanied by text by Wayne Ranney, geologist and award-winning
author of Carving Grand Canyon.
Ranney takes readers on a fascinating tour of the many landscapes
depicted in the maps, and Blakey and Ranney’s fruitful
collaboration brings the past alive like never before.
Ancient Landscapes of
the Colorado Plateau
From Desert to Mountains
by Ron Blakey and Wayne Ranney
Grand Canyon Association,