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White Mountains Geology Workshop Readings

Any general reference in geological science can be helpful in providing a foundation to better understand the geological history of the White Mountains. College-level textbooks, or introductory works for the interested layperson, can be very useful. For understanding the bedrock geology of the area, a basic familiarity with the concepts of plate tectonics ("continental drift") and general structural geology is desirable. To comprehend the appearance of the landscape, an acquaintance with glacial geology would be most helpful.

Most of the following readings are out of print, but are worth looking for in a library or used book store.

Ansley, Jane, The Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S.. Ithaca: Paleontological Research Institution, 2000.

Billings, Marland, et. al. The Geology of the Mount Washington Quadrangle. Concord: Department of Resources and Economic Development, 1979 (reprint of 1946 edition). Out of print, but worth looking for, as it gives a good overview of the glacial geology of the area.

Fensome, R.A., and Williams, G.L. Editors, The Last Billion Years. A Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Halifax: Atlantic Geoscience Society, 2001. About neighboring Canada, but with relevant information to northern New England.

Jorgensen, Neil, A Guide to New England's Landscape. Chester, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1989, A good overview for the layperson.

Pielou, E.C. After the Ice Age. The Return of Life to Glaciated North America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. A look at the continent (including the Northeast) during and after deglaciation.

Raymo, Chet and Maureen Raymo, Written in Stone. A Geological and Natural History of the Northeastern United States. Second Edition, Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press, 2002, More current than Jorgensen, a good synopsis of New England geological history.

Roberts, David C. , A Field Guide to Geology. Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guide). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. (Still in print.) Includes both general material and region-specific information.

Thompson, Woodrow, et.al, editors. "Late Quaternary History of the White Mountains, New Hampshire and Adjacent Southeastern Quebec". A special issue of Geographie Physique at Quaternaire, volume 53, number 1, 1999. Focuses on glacial geology of the region; some technical articles, but others very suited for the general interested reader.

Thomson, Betty Flanders. The Changing Face of New England. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1977 (reprint of 1958 edition). An overview, though dated by now.

Van Baalen, M.R., editor, Guidebook to Field Trips in Northern New Hampshire and Adjacent Regions of Maine and Vermont. Cambridge and North Conway: New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, 1996. Includes chapters on bedrock geology of the Mount Washington area and glacial process in the White Mountains. Rather technical in parts.

Van Baalen, M.R., editor, Guidebook to Field Trips in Northern New Hampshire and Adjacent Regions of Maine and Vermont. Cambridge and North Conway: New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, 1996. Includes chapters on bedrock geology of the Mount Washington area and glacial process in the White Mountains. Rather technical in parts.

Van Diver, Bradford, Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire. Missoula: Mountain Press, 1987 (Still in print). Some background information on the area's geology, plus site-specific material.

The Alpine Zone and Cirques of Mt. Washington and the Northern Presidential Range, White Mountains, New Hampshire. 75th Northeastern Friends of The Pleistocene Annual Reunion. June 1 - 3, 2012

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