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Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front Range


Learn about the Geology of Colorado's Front Range with maps, photos and expert descriptions! This 6"x9" paperback has 338 pages that are packed with detailed information about Colorado's Front Range Geology. See table of contents below.

Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front RangeTable of Contents

Preface vi
Geology of Colorado's Front Range 1
1. Colorado Diamonds - It's No Hoax!
Diamond Pipes along the Front Range11
2. Walking the Gangplank
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area25
3. Nature's Master Sculptor
Trail Ridge Road39
4. Catastrophe in the Canyon
The Devastating Big Thompson Flood57
5. Deja Vu All Over Again
Mountains Come, Mountains Go at Eldorado Canyon State Park67
6. From Pediments to Plutonium
The History of Rocky Flats79
7. Where Colorado Began
The Colorado Mineral Belt at Idaho Springs93
8. Raising, Razing and Rebirthing the Rockies
Tracing the Mountains' Ups and Downs around Golden111
9. The Whole Shebang
Red Rocks to Golden: 1,700 Million Years of Front Range History127
10. Denver's Dinosaur Freeway
Dinosaur Ridge147
11. A Legacy of Fire and Flood
The Wall Mountain Tuff and the Castle Rock Conglomerate161
12. An Extraordinary Fossil Ecosystem
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument171
13. Colorado's Mountain of Gold
Cripple Creek185
14. Purple Mountain Majesty
Pikes Peak, America's Mountain199
15. Spelunking in an Ancient Sea
Cave of the Winds213
16. Building a Garden Fit for the Gods
Faulting and Fins at Garden of the Gods and Nearby Parks227
17. Hallmarks of the Hothouse World
Paint Mines Interpretive Park243
18. A Wound in the Skin of the Earth
The Royal Gorge255
19. Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs of the Canon City Area265
20. Legendary Dikes
The Spanish Peaks277
21. The Day the Dinosaurs Died
The Infamous K-T Boundary at Trinidad Lake State Park293
Glossary305
Sources of More Information 318
Index 327