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The first of John McPhee''s works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world―a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United States that reaches from eastern Utah to eastern California, a silent world of austere beauty, of hundreds of discrete high mountain ranges that are green with junipers and often white with snow. The terrain becomes the setting for a lyrical evocation of the science of geology, with important digressions into the plate-tectonics revolution and the history of the geologic time scale.

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One of the most valuable tools for the advancement of geological science has in fact been the humble road cut. United States Interstate 80 crosses the entire North American continent, in the process exposing hundreds of millions of years of geological history. In Basin and Range, McPhee, accompanied at times by Princeton geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes, demonstrates how the contorted and tilted rocks seen in these road cuts reveal how islands of the earth''s crust have floated across the earth''s surface, crashing and folding to form basin and range. This is a masterful and sometimes even poetic volume of popular writing about plate tectonics, communicating the profound satisfaction of using scientific research as a tool for understanding the world around us.

This is the first of four books on North American geology by McPhee, collectively entitled Annals of the Former World. The other volumes are , , and .

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“In Basin and Range, McPhee is not so much a visiting amateur as a rhapsodist of "deep time" . . . The result is a fascinating book.” ―Paul Zweig, The New York Times Book Review

“One result of the trip west is an introduction to plate tectonics--probably the most readable summary extant. Geologists will find it sound, others will find it understandable and illuminating.” ―Geotimes

“He triumphs by succinct prose, by his uncanny ability to capture the essence of a complex issue, or an arcane trade secret, in a well-turned phrase.” ―Stephen J. Gould, New York Review of Books

“An exciting account of geology and the geologist, providing both an excellent history and an up-to-date snapshot of our science in the 1980s.” ―Howard R. Gould President, the Geological Society of America

“McPhee has taken on something that all of us--especially the American Geological Institute and its news magazine Geotimes--should take on: the explanation to non-geologists of what geology is all about.” ―Wendell Cochran, Geotimes

“The best popular portrayal of geology that I have seen in my thirty-two years of experience as a professional geologist.” ―H. A. Kuehnert, Director, Worldwide Exploration, Phillips Petroleum Company

About the Author

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 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written over 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Mark B Gerstein
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Thoughts on McPhee''s Basin & Range: Geological Cliff Notes for I-80
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
I read John McPhee''s book Basin and Range with great interest. In a sense, the book travels across the United States from New York to California, including the basins and ranges in between. More specifically, it gives a geological history of the trip across the United... See more
I read John McPhee''s book Basin and Range with great interest. In a sense, the book travels across the United States from New York to California, including the basins and ranges in between. More specifically, it gives a geological history of the trip across the United States from New York to San Francisco, mostly on Route 80, going through all the different land formations.

The book also travels through geologic history from the present back to the Triassic and Permian periods, covering the various geological epochs. Finally, it travels up and down mountains through elevation changes between basins and ranges.

The book provided a great introduction to geology. I was particularly interested in how it explained how gold and silver deposits arise from these minerals being dissolved and then precipitating out of solution and what it was like during the Nevada Silver Rush in the 19th century.

Overall, Basin and Range is a great read that I would highly recommend.
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Dennis L. Duffy
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Wonderful educational reading
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
So enjoyable to read about areas I have spent most of my life exploring through fishing, hiking, dirt bike riding. Always looking around me without much understanding of an areas basic geology. John McPhee makes highly technical information so much more understandable and... See more
So enjoyable to read about areas I have spent most of my life exploring through fishing, hiking, dirt bike riding. Always looking around me without much understanding of an areas basic geology. John McPhee makes highly technical information so much more understandable and enjoyable.
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Matthew Montminy
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I don''t have any good reasons not to read this
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2014
I don''t have any good reasons not to read this. Having some formal training in geology (never put to use in practical terms), I had a desire to pursue the lessons in this book. Probably not a prerequisite, though. The author''s relentless attempt to peel back the layers of... See more
I don''t have any good reasons not to read this. Having some formal training in geology (never put to use in practical terms), I had a desire to pursue the lessons in this book. Probably not a prerequisite, though. The author''s relentless attempt to peel back the layers of the ''big picture'' makes the ride a pleasure. He keeps you in the driver''s seat. Enjoy.
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Brown 45
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Well worth reading
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
McPhee is a terrific author. He tells a story without adding his opinion or view. Always makes his books interesting and thought provoking
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Ward Abel
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McPhee is simply great.
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021
Read in almost one sitting. Part of the larger masterwork, Annals of the Former World.
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Reed Christensen
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Geology interesting yep he can do that
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
I grew up in Wyoming I love this book
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Worth the read but persevere
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2013
I have read about a half dozen of John McPhee''s books and would rate all others a 5. Overall Basin and Range is well researched and well written but somewhere in the middle his use of the geologic period names became so prolific it became a fog for me. I don''t have the... See more
I have read about a half dozen of John McPhee''s books and would rate all others a 5. Overall Basin and Range is well researched and well written but somewhere in the middle his use of the geologic period names became so prolific it became a fog for me. I don''t have the instant memory recall he seems to have and wading through this section was frustrating and led to my skimming most of it. Fortunately he did bring it all back together in the end and the net result was positive and informative. If you like this type of look at geology and especially if you are a west coaster I strongly recommend his book "Assembling California."
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