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Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front Range

 
Learn about the Geology of Colorado's Front Range with maps, photos and expert descriptions! This 6"x9" paperback has 338 pages that are packed with detailed information about Colorado's Front Range Geology. See table of contents at the bottom of this page. Lon Abbott and Terri Cook, authors.

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Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front Range - Table of Contents

Preface

vi

Geology of Colorado's Front Range

1

1. Colorado Diamonds - It's No Hoax!

    Diamond Pipes along the Front Range
11

2. Walking the Gangplank

    Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
25

3. Nature's Master Sculptor

    Trail Ridge Road
39

4. Catastrophe in the Canyon

    The Devastating Big Thompson Flood
57

5. Deja Vu All Over Again

    Mountains Come, Mountains Go at Eldorado Canyon State Park
67

6. From Pediments to Plutonium

    The History of Rocky Flats
79

7. Where Colorado Began

    The Colorado Mineral Belt at Idaho Springs
93

8. Raising, Razing and Rebirthing the Rockies

    Tracing the Mountains' Ups and Downs around Golden
111

9. The Whole Shebang

    Red Rocks to Golden: 1,700 Million Years of Front Range History
127

10. Denver's Dinosaur Freeway

    Dinosaur Ridge
147

11. A Legacy of Fire and Flood

    The Wall Mountain Tuff and the Castle Rock Conglomerate
161

12. An Extraordinary Fossil Ecosystem

    Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
171

13. Colorado's Mountain of Gold

    Cripple Creek
185

14. Purple Mountain Majesty

    Pikes Peak, America's Mountain
199

15. Spelunking in an Ancient Sea

    Cave of the Winds
213

16. Building a Garden Fit for the Gods

    Faulting and Fins at Garden of the Gods and Nearby Parks
227

17. Hallmarks of the Hothouse World

    Paint Mines Interpretive Park
243

18. A Wound in the Skin of the Earth

    The Royal Gorge
255

19. Jurassic Park

    Dinosaurs of the Canon City Area
265

20. Legendary Dikes

    The Spanish Peaks
277

21. The Day the Dinosaurs Died

    The Infamous K-T Boundary at Trinidad Lake State Park
293

Glossary

305

Sources of More Information

318

Index

327

 

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