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Geological & Planetary Sciences (GPS): California

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Frequently Consulted Books

Books (all call numbers and locations are in the Geology Library, unless otherwise noted)

Geology of California, second edition, by Robert M. Norris and Robert W. Webb. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1990. QE89.N67 1990.

California Geology, by Deborah R. Harden. Upper Saddle River, N.J., Prentice Hall, 1998. QE89.H37 2004.

Assembling California, by John McPhee. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993. QE89.M37 1993.  Reprinted with some additional material in Annals of the Former World, New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.  QE77.M338 1998.

Geology of Southern California, edited by Richard H. Jahns. San Francisco, California Division of Mines, 1954. QE90.S68.G464 1954.  Also cataloged as: California Division of Mines Bulletin 170, Geology E-2.

Geology Underfoot in Southern California, by Robert P. Sharp and Allen F. Glazner. Missoula, Montana, Mountain Press, 1993. QE90.S65.S524 1993.

A Field Guide to Southern California, third edition, by Robert P. Sharp. Dubuque, Iowa, Kendall/Hunt, 1994. QE90.S65.S5 1994.

Geology of Northern California, Edgar H. Bailey, editor. San Francisco, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1966. QE89.B3 1966.  Also cataloged as: California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 190, Geology E-2.


For more on Geology of California, search the library catalog under the search terms "geology California." Start with the default search settings. You can then narrow your search after that.

You can also search GeoRef.


To find maps on California geology, determine the name of the quadrangle you are interested in.

(Also, consult the LibGuide on maps here.  Here, you will find many online resources to digital geologic and topographic maps.).

For example, in the catalog, search for "Pasadena quadrangle." Be sure and select 'maps' as the format in the left-hand refine results bar.  You may have to click on 'show more' at the bottom of that format box.  A new window will open, select 'maps' and update.