Mountain Press Roadside Geology of Tennessee

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Discover more than 1 billion years of geologic history in Roadside Geology of Tennessee. Travel across the state and below the surface to uncover the splendorous and diverse wonders that await.

  • Features

    • Features natural and historic sites including Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Harpeth River State Park, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area and more
    • Also includes an extensive section on Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as routes to limestone sinkholes, meteor impact sites and sediment-rich river banks

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    From the publisher: Tennessee, extending 500 diagonal miles between Bristol and Memphis, cuts across numerous rock types, from the deformed gneiss of the Blue Ridge along the North Carolina border to the young sediments exposed in the Chickasaw Bluffs that rise 100 feet above the Mississippi River floodplain. The state's more than 1 billion years of geologic history includes continental collisions that built enormous mountains and rifting forces that almost split the ancient continent apart. The geologic processes are still at work in Tennessee, with sinkholes claiming land in areas of limestone, rivers eroding sediment and shifting channels, and some of North America's largest earthquakes occurring every 500 years on the ancient rift faults near Reelfoot Lake.

    Learn about unusual meteor impact sites on the Highland Rim of Middle Tennessee, the world-famous fossils in the Coon Creek Formation, and the source of saltpeter used for gunpowder in the Civil War. An extensive section on Great Smoky Mountains National Park includes guides to nine roads, some extending into North Carolina. With Roadside Geology of Tennessee as your guide, explore the geologic significance of many of the state's natural and historic sites such as Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Harpeth River State Park, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
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  • Technical Specs

    Best Use

    Travel

    Dimensions

    6 x 9 inches

    Author(s)

    Marcy B. Davis

    Number of Pages

    400

    Format

    Paperback

    ISBN-13

    9780878426911

    Publisher

    Mountain Press

    Copyright Year

    2019

    State / Province

    Tennessee

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