Geologic maps are our most important and complete compilation of information about the solid Earth we live on, and we cannot understand the Earth without them. Meeting Challenges with Geologic Maps presents 16 examples that show how geologic maps are helping to delineate fragile habitat and ecosystems, protect against natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and sinkholes), and find needed resources (groundwater, metals, coal, and sand and gravel).
I was intrigued by this AGI series and chose this particular one for starters and for the used price ($1). Published in conjunction with the USGS, NPS, and the GSA, the author makes a strong case for the practical use of geologic maps from start to finish. An introductory chapter on interpreting geologic maps using the Grand Canyon as an example is followed by a short explanation of the U.S. Geologic Map on page 26 (also available as a jigsaw puzzle through the AGI for your kids or younger students).
The remaining 1-2 page chapters in the ‘Using Geologic Maps’ section are dedicated to 16 applications with examples taken from various states: volcanic hazards in WA, groundwater in AL, landslide hazards in CA, cave resources in KY, post-wild fire hazards in CO, and so on.
I can recommend this colorful primer for HS earth science or intro college geology courses. I imagine the other titles in this Environmental Awareness series are just as good.
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