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What's So Great About Granite?

What's So Great About Granite?
From the WHAT'S SO COOL ABOUT GEOLOGY Series, the first book in the series, comes What's So Great About Granite?. Not just a dry text book but lively prose filled with vibrant full color photographs and informative figures. Granite here is the more general term for granitic rock. Specifically granite is a type of granitic rock with a high quartz content and is often a lighter rock. We live below Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the continental US. Mt Whitney is a granite mountain. A few miles to the east lie the Alabama Hills. You know them, they're those big round boulders you see in the westerns with Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Hopalong Cassidy riding through them. Perhaps you saw them blown up at the beginning of the movie Iron Man. Or Russel Crowe riding through them in Gladiator? Transformers? Or the cult classic Tremors? Well, they're Monzogranite. Between the peak of Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills lie several other types of granitic rock: diorite, quartz diorite, granodiorite. There's lots of granodiorite in the Sierra, like Yosemite, but it's always called "granite". A granitic rock tells the story of it's creation if you look hard enough.

And what about your granite counter top? Or more correctly what about the granitic rock making up your counter tops? What kind of granitic rock is it? Light colored, big crystals? Perhaps a granite. Lots of small crystals with a salt an pepper look? Probably a granodiorite? Pretty swirling colors? Well, the counter top dealer called it granite but it's probably gneiss and not even a granitic rock. It's a metamorpic rock that came from granitic rock and is once again becoming a granitic rock. But how will you know if you don't know "granite"?

So now uncover some of the mysteries of this wildly diverse and widely familiar rock. This book is a must have in your library if you're even mildly interested in the rock which is the backbone of our planet! Jennifer H. Carey with photographs by Marli Bryant Miller. 104 pgs, 8 3/8 x 9, paperback.
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