SP-52 Messages in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology (2nd Edition)


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This award-winning best-seller has loads of great photographs and discusses the geology of the low-lying eastern plains to the central Rocky Mountains that soar to over 14,000 feet. It chronicles the story of Colorado’s 2.7 billion years of rocks, climate, life, and structural evolution. Written for a general audience interested in learning more about scenic Colorado and its geology, it also includes a discussion of landforms and geologic hazards. Lavishly illustrated with numerous photographs of many interesting Colorado geological sites, it will engage both geologists and non-geologists alike. SP-52

Dr. Vince Matthews, former Colorado State Geologist and editor of 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.

It received the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE) 2004 Outstanding Book Award; was a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards; and was recognized by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists 2004 Journalism Award that was awarded to the CGS for our overall publication efforts.

A perfect companion for Messages in Stone is SP-57 Tourist Guide to Colorado Geology — a geologic highway map of the state.