Gargoyle country : the inspiring geology of Springfield and Greene County
by Jerry D. Vineyard
Travelers on Missouri's highways may not notice the gargoyles lurking by the roadsides, but if they slow down, they might catch a glimpse of the hunkering, contorted figures looming in the road-cuts. No, not those oddly shaped sculptures on castles and cathedrals. In southwest Missouri, gargoyles are the charming rock outcrops that flank many roads and highways. Gargoyle Country explores the fascinating geological history of southwestern Missouri for general readers.
Geologic wonders and curiosities of Missouri
by Thomas R. Beveridge
"Were the Elephant Rocks brought by a glacier?" "Why is Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis so named?" "What is a shut-in?" Such commonly asked questions as well as inquiries regarding locations and origins of other unusual geologic features provided the nudge for this publication. Missouri has great geologic variety and has long been a world-famous mining state. Recreation, although a more recent industry, is a major one and many of the natural recreational attractions which have given Missouri the sobriquet of Family Vacationland are a direct result of the geologic processes which have shaped the landscape. The Missouri Geologic Survey has published reports on the caves and springs of Missouri and receives many inquiries relative to geologic features other than caves and springs. This report is an attempt to answer such inquiries and to describe a host of both well-known and little-publicized scenic and/or intriguing geologic attractions.
Roadside geology of Missouri
by Charles G. Spencer
The Show-Me State has plenty of geology to show, including the biggest entry room of any cave in North America, the largest lead deposit in the United States, and the only exposures in the Midwest of a large province of 1.48-billion-year-old granite and rhyolite. Geologic history is still being made here, too. In 1811 and 1812, an unprecedented series of magnitude 7 and 8 earthquakes rocked southeast Missouri, liquefying the floodplain sediments and temporarily blocking the flow of the Mississippi River. In Roadside Geology of Missouri, author Charlie Spencer shows you around the state from the flat, glaciated plains in the north to the knobs of rhyolite in the St. Francois Mountains in the south, and from the earthquake-formed sand boils on the Mississippi floodplain in the southeast to the layers of coal, shale, sandstone, and limestone on the Springfield Plateau and Osage Plains in the west. With this book as your guide, find out where dinosaur fossils have been found in Missouri, why caves and springs seem to pop up nearly everywhere, and which of Missouri s mysterious structures were formed by meteorite impacts.
Roadside Kansas : a traveler's guide to its geology and landmarks
by Rex C. and James McCauley Buchanan
Two decades after its first publication, Roadside Kansas remains the premier guide to the geology, natural resources, landmarks, and landscapes along nine of the Sunflower State's major highways. During that span, however, many aspects of the Kansas landscape changed: the growth of some towns and near disappearance of others, the expansion of highways, the development of industry. Even the rocks themselves changed in places as erosion took its relentless toll. More broadly, there have been changes in the science of geology. This new edition reflects all of these changes and thoroughly updates the previous edition in ways that reinforce its preeminent status.