The Last Billion Years: A Geologic History of Tennessee is the first general overview in more than thirty years to interpret the state’s geological record. With minimal jargon, numerous illustrations and photographs, and a glossary of scientific terms, this volume provides the tools necessary for readers with little or no background in the subject to learn about the geologic formation of Tennessee, making it an excellent resource for high school students, college students, and interested general readers. Yet, because of the depth of its scholarship, the book is also an invaluable reference for professional geologists.
Recognizing that every reader is familiar with the roles of wind, water, gravity, and organisms in their everyday environment, author Don Byerly employs the Earth Systems Science approach, showing how the five interacting parts of the Earth—the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere—have worked together for eons to generate the rock compositions that make up Tennessee’s geologic past.
All regions of the state are covered. Featuring a unique time chart that illustrates the state’s geologic history from east to west, The Last Billion Years shows that while the geologic aspects of the state’s three grand divisions are related in many ways, each division has a distinctly different background. The organization of the book further enhances its usability, allowing the reader to see and compare what was happening contemporaneously across the state during the key sequences of its geologic history. Written in a clear and engaging style, The Last Billion Years will have broad appeal to students, lay readers, and professionals.
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Table of Contents
Chronological Outline of Tennessee Geology xvi
1 The Geologic Setting of Tennessee 1
2 A Dynamic Planet 13
3 Building a Record: Earth Materials and Processes 21
4 Geologic Time 41
5 Giants of Tennessee Geology 47
6 Supercontinents, Continents, and Terranes 51
7 The Record 55
8 Deepest Time in Tennessee 61
9 Sauk Sequence 67
10 Tippecanoe Sequence 89
11 Kaskaskia Sequence 101
12 Absaroka Sequence 109
13 Alleghanian Orogeny 115
14 Breakup of Pangea 127
15 The Last 250 Million Years 129
16 Natural Resources 161