This U.S. Geological Survey general interest publication begins with the earliest history recorded in the rocks and looks at the major stages in the development of the mountains and landscape. It shows where evidence can be seen today for each stage and gives examples of how the past affects human history and our lives today. This story is based on what geologists have discovered by mapping, measuring, and sampling rocks of this region for more than a century and by fitting those observations into the worldwide geologic puzzle that is the history of the Earth.
This brochure, Birth of the Mountains [product #112296], is also available in printed form from The USGS Store free of charge ($5 shipping) .
A companion video, The Southern Appalachians: A Changing World, and teacher's guide are also available. See https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/so_app/ for ordering information.
Also of interest:
USGS Scientific Investigations Map 2830, Geology Of The Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Sandra H.B. Clark (2008)
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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