Circum-Pacific plutonic terranes edited by J. A. Roddick. [Boulder, CO]: The Geological Society of America, Inc., 1983. 28x21.5 cm, pp. [i-iii] iv-vi 1-316 [317-320: blank], figures, maps, original reddish brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, ISBN number stamped in gold on rear panel. First edition. "The Geological Society of America, Inc. Memoir 159" at head of title. A collection of papers on the igneous rocks of the Pacific Rim. Includes "A Summary of Critical Relations in the Central Part of the Sierra Nevada Batholith, California, U.S.A." by Paul C. Bateman, pp. 241-254. "Geologically, the Sierra Nevada is a huge block of the earth's crust that has broken free on the east along the Sierra Nevada fault system and been tilted westward, chiefly during Cenozoic time. It separates the heavily populated, lush Pacific coastal region from the sparsely populated, arid and undrained Great Basin. The range is a formidable barrier to both travel and to the passage of moisture eastward from the Pacific Ocean ... The Sierra Nevada batholith is a different entity from the Sierra Nevada and originated much earlier, during the Mesozoic. It comprises the more or less continuous granitoid terrane that makes up most of the Sierra Nevada and, in this report, is considered to include granitoids in the adjacent desert ranges to the east ... Most of the studies of the batholith by the U.S. Geological Survey during the last 30 years have been concentrated in a broad belt across the middle of the batholith between 37° and 38° N. lat., and most of the data for this report are drawn from studies of this area ... Scattered studies to the north and south indicate this area is representative of the entire batholith" (p. 242). "The most comprehensive technical summary of the Sierra Nevada batholith to date" (Huber , p. 60). Bold owner's signature dated August 1983 on the front free endpaper. Upper spine end bumped, several corners lightly turned (shipping damage), a very good copy without dust jacket as issued. (#166386).
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