Messages in Stone

2nd Edition Cover
The second edition of Messages in Stone- Colorado’s Colorful Geologybecame available in 2009 with more than 100 improved or new images and a new section on mountain building! The first edition was widely acclaimed:

  • Messages in Stone receives the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE) 2004 Outstanding Book Award. November 7, 2004
  • Messages in Stone is finalist in the Colorado Book Awards
  • Messages in Stone cited in Rocky Mountain Assoc. of Geologists 2004 Journalism Award

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With more than 400 color images and photographs this book is a celebration of the world-class geology found in the state.

The book is aimed at the general public, but will also be of interest to professional earth scientists and students. The book not only displays Colorado’s fantastic geologic features, but also serves as a primer on geologic principles and concepts. The book discusses and illustrates three broad categories: Colorado’s rocks and structures, Colorado’s Geologic History, and the impact of Colorado’s geology on humans which includes water, economic resources, and geologic hazards.

Dr. Vince Matthews, senior editor for the publication, stated, “This heavily illustrated book exposes the breadth and depth of Colorado’s rich geologic resources. I knew that Colorado’s geology was special. But, researching this book made me aware of many new and exciting facets of the state’s well-displayed, diverse geology. We were fortunate to have so many talented people contribute their knowledge, photographs, and time to making this a publication that all can enjoy and learn from.”