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The Resource Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail, Keith Heyer Meldahl

Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail, Keith Heyer Meldahl

Label
Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail
Title
Hard road west
Title remainder
history & geology along the Gold Rush trail
Statement of responsibility
Keith Heyer Meldahl
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1849 news of the discovery of gold in California triggered an enormous wave of emigration toward the Pacific. Lured by the promise of riches, thousands of settlers left behind the forests, rain, and fertile soil of the eastern United States in favor of the rough-hewn lands of the American West. The dramatic terrain they struggled to cross is so familiar to us now that it is hard to imagine how frightening--even godforsaken--its sheer rock faces and barren deserts seemed to our forebears. This book brings their perspective vividly to life, weaving together the epic overland journey of the covered wagon trains and the compelling story of the landscape they encountered. Geologist Meldahl uses diaries and letters of the settlers themselves--as well as the countless hours he has spent following the trail--to reveal how the geology and geography of the West directly affected our nation's westward expansion. --From publisher description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
978/.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F593
LC item number
.M479 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail, Keith Heyer Meldahl
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-315) and index
Contents
An American journey -- Between winter's chill brackets -- Ascending the plains -- Exhumed mountains and hungry rivers -- Black Hills and bent rock -- To the backbone of the continent -- Cordilleran upheaval -- Most godforsaken country -- The bear and the snake -- A breaking up of the world -- Most miserable river -- The worst desert you ever saw -- Into the land of gold -- Contingent history
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 329 p.
Isbn
9780226519609
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007011052
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • AIH-5914
  • (OCoLC)ocm87747020
  • (OCoLC)87747020
Label
Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail, Keith Heyer Meldahl
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-315) and index
Contents
An American journey -- Between winter's chill brackets -- Ascending the plains -- Exhumed mountains and hungry rivers -- Black Hills and bent rock -- To the backbone of the continent -- Cordilleran upheaval -- Most godforsaken country -- The bear and the snake -- A breaking up of the world -- Most miserable river -- The worst desert you ever saw -- Into the land of gold -- Contingent history
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 329 p.
Isbn
9780226519609
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007011052
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • AIH-5914
  • (OCoLC)ocm87747020
  • (OCoLC)87747020

Library Locations

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      Dallas, TX, US
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