Praise for the First Edition of Canada Rocks Every page of the volume sparkles with information and entertainment. . . Just reading the captions in this profusely illustrated volume provides an education in the geological forces that have shaped our land for four billion years. - The Toronto Star from "The Year's Best Science Books" The spectacular geological diversity that constitutes what we call Canada is captured in photography (some of it quite stunning), charts, maps and sketches.
Meteorites, climate change, glaciers - they're all here, in layman's language. - The Globe and Mail Canada. . . A four-billion-year geologic odyssey. . . Canada Rocks is the fascinating story of how the Canadian landmass evolved - piece by piece - from a long-lost continent some four billion years ago into one of the most spectacular and geologically significant areas on Earth. Canada Rocks covers every region of the country - from the soaring mountains of British Columbia and Alberta through the vast Prairies, across the geologic mosaic that is the Canadian Shield, to the Arctic, Newfoundland and the ancient Maritimes.
The book also includes glaciers, the formation of continents and the birth and death of oceans, the origins of strange new life forms, the violent impact of meteorites, mineral resources, water, climate change, environmental sustainability and more. Canada Rocks is the very first book to present the entire sweep of Canadian geology to the general reader.
It is profusely illustrated throughout with original full-color photographs, charts, maps and sketches.
It also includes contemporary and classic Canadian art that captures the country's extraordinary geological features and terrain. An essential reference for naturalists, rockhounds, students, and engineers - indeed, for anyone fascinated with Canada itself.
The book also showcases many sites that are easily accessible from highways making it an invaluable field guide for exploring the special land that we live on. This Second Edition contains updated and reassessed content throughout, with major updates to chapters on plate tectonics, the formation of eastern Canada, and Canada's glacial heritage.
It also contains new insights and material on climate change.