CTgeo

Bibliography of popular, non-technical, and some technical publications about Connecticut geology 
(thanks to Lisa Alter, and to the Vermont Geological Survey for many of these references)

I have recently (June 2004) expanded this list to include more of my personal favorites, most of which are on my bookshelf.  Please email me about others that would be good to recommend -- anything about earth science is eligible.


Books about Geology in Connecticut and the Region

Anonymous, date unknown, Traprock Ridges: Hartford, Geological and Natural History Survey, folded pamphlet. 

Atlantic Geoscience Society, 2001, The Last Billion Years: A Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, NS

Bell, Michael, 1985, The Face of Connecticut: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut.

Caldwell, D. W., 1998, Roadside Geology of Maine: Mountain Press, 315 p.

Colbert, E. H., 1970, Fossils of the Connecticut Valley: The Age of Dinosaurs Begins: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey, Bulletin no. 96, 32 p.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, 1994, Earthquakes in New England: Framingham, MA.

Dann, Kevin, 1989, Traces on the Appalachians: A Natural History of Serpentine in Eastern North America, Rutgers University Press

Department of Environmental Protection, 1985, Bedrock Geologic Map of Connecticut: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey (John Rodgers, editor)

Farrand, John Jr., 1990 (summer issue), Land of the Dinosaurs. Connecticut Audubon. p. 28-31.

Hanrahan, Brendan, 2004, Great Day Trips in the Connecticut Valley of the Dinosaurs: Wilton, Ct., Perry Heights Press, 234 p.

Koteff, C., and Larsen, F.D., 1989, Postglacial uplift in western New England: Geologic evidence for delayed rebound: in S. Gregresen and P.W. Bashman eds., Earthquakes at North-Atlantic Passive Margins: Neotectonics and Postglacial Rebound, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell MA, p. 105-123.

Koteff, C., Robinson, G.R., Goldsmith, R., and Thompson, W.B., 1993, Delayed postglacial uplift and synglacial sea levels in coastal central New England: Quaternary Research, v. 40, p. 46-54.

Lewis, R.S. and Stone, J.R., 1991, Late Quaternary Stratigraphy and depositional History of the Long Island Sound Basin: Connecticut and New York: Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, v. 11, p. 1-23.

Little, Richard, 2003, Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents: The Geology of the Connecticut Valley, 3rd ed.: Earth View LLC (Easthampton, Ma), 177 p.

Longwell, Chester R. and Dana, Edward S., 1932, Walks and Rides in Central Connecticut and Massachusetts: New Haven, Yale University.

Lull, Richard Swann, 1955, Triassic Life of the Connecticut Valley, Revised: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey, Bull. 81, 336 p.

McDonald, N. G., 1982, Paleontology of the Mesozoic Rocks of the Connecticut Valley, in Joesten, R. and S. Quarrier, eds., Guidebook for field trips in Connecticut and south central Massachusetts: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey, Guidebook No. 5. p. 143-172.

McDonald, N. G., 1996, The Connecticut Valley in the Age of Dinosaurs: A Guide to the Geologic Literature, 1681-1995: Ct. Geologic and Natural History Survey, Bulletin 116, 242 p.

McHone, J.G., 1996, Broad-terrane Jurassic flood basalts across northeastern North America: Geology, v. 24, p. 319-322.

McHone, Greg, 2004, Great Day Trips to Discover the Geology of Connecticut: Wilton, Ct., Perry Heights Press, 207 p.

McHone, J. Gregory, 2004, Connecticut in the Mesozoic World: Hartford, Ct. Geologic and Natural History Survey, Misc. Paper No. 1, 42 p.

Patton, Peter C. and Kent, James M., 1992, A Moveable Shore: The Fate of the Connecticut Coast: Duke University Press, 143 p.

Raymo, Chet and Raymo, Maureen E., 2001, Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Northeastern United states (2nd ed.): Old Saybrook, Ct., The Globe Pequot Press, 163 p.

Ridge, J.C. and Larsen, F.D., 1990, Re-evaluation of Antevs' New England varve chronology and new radiocarbon dates of sediments from Glacial Lake Hitchcock: Geological Society of America, v. 102, p. 889-899.

Rodgers, John, 1980, The Geological History of Connecticut: Discovery. p. 3-25.

Rolando, Victor, 1992, 200 Years of Soot and Sweat: the Geology and Archeology of Vermont’s Iron, Charcoal, and Lime Industries, Vermont Archaeological Society, Burlington, Vt.

Skehan, James W., 2001, Roadside Geology of Massachusetts: Mountain Press, 378 p.

Skinner, Brian J. (1980). The Mineral Wealth of Connecticut — Present, Past and Future. Discovery. p. 27-31.

Stevens, C.J., 1997, The Next Bend in the River, John Wade Publishing

Stone, Janet R. and Ashley, Gail M., 1992, Ice-wedge casts, pingo scars, and the drainage of Glacial Lake Hitchcock: IN Robinson, P. and Brady, J.B., eds., Guidebook for Field Trips in the Connecticut Valley Region of Massachusetts and Adjacent States, v. 2 (84th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference), Amherst Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts, Geology Department, Contribution 66, p. 305-331.

Stone, Janet R. and others, 1998, Quaternary Geologic Map of Connecticut and Long Island Sound Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 98-371, map with 77 p. text.

Strahler, Arthur N., 1988, A Geologist’s View of Cape Cod, Parnassas Imprints

U.S. Department of the Interior, 1994, Mineral Industry Surveys (Connecticut). Washington, D.C.

Van Diver, Brad, 1987, Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire, Mountain Press Publishing

Wetherell, Diana V., 1997, Traprock Ridges of Connecticut: A Naturalist's Guide: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey, Bulletin 25. 58 p.

Wieshampel, David B. and Young, Luther, 1996, Dinosaurs of the East Coast, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Books about Various Subjects of Geology

Burchfield, Joe D., 1990, Lord Kelvin and the Age of the Earth: Univ. of Chicago Press, 267 p.

de Boer, Jelle Zeilinga and Sanders. Donald Theodore, 2002, Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions: Princeton Univ. Press, 295 p.

Decker, Robert and Decker, Barbara, 1997, Volcanoes: W. H. Freeman, 244 p.

Erickson, Jon, 2001, Lost Creatures of the Earth: Mass Extinction in the History of Life: Facts on File Science Library, Checkmark Books, 252 p.

Fortey, Richard, 2000, Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution: Knopf

Gayrard-Valy, Yvette, 1994, Fossils: Evidence of a Vanished World: Discoveries, Harry N. Abrams, 191 p.

Gould, Stephen Jay, 1989, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History: W. W. Norton, 347 p.

Gould, Stephen Jay, 1991, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History: W. W. Norton, 540 p.

Gould, Stephen Jay, 1995, Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History: W. W. Norton, 480 p.

Keay, John, 2001, The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest Was Named, Harper Perennial

Kohnke, Helmut and Franzmeier, D.P., 1995, Soil Science Simplified, Waveland Press.

Krafft, Maurice, 1993, Volcanoes: Fire from the Earth: Discoveries, Harry N. Abrams, 207 p.

McPhee, John, 1983, In Suspect Terrain, Farrar Straus and Giroux (re-issued 1998 in paperback by Econo-Clad Books)

McPhee, John, 1990 , The Control of Nature, Noonday Press

McPhee, John, 1990, Encounters with the Arch Druid, Noonday Press

McPhee, John, 1991, Rising from the Plains, Noonday Press

McPhee, John, 1994, Assembling California, Noonday Press

McSween, Harry J., 1999, Meteorites and their Parent Planets, Cambridge University Press

Morrison, Taylor, 2001, The Great Unknown, Houghton Mifflin Co

Officer, Charles and Page, Jake, 1993, Tales of the Earth: Paroxysms and Perturbations of the Blue Planet, Oxford University Press

Powell, John Wesley, 2002, The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons, National Geographic Society (reprinted).

Raup, David M., 1999, The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science: Revised and Expanded: W. W. Norton, 228 p.

Repcheck, Jack, 2003, The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth's Antiquity, Perseus Publishing, 247 p.

Van Andel, Tjeerd, 1994, New Views of an Old Planet: A History of Global Change, Cambridge University Press

Winchester, Simon, 2001, The Map the Changed the World, Harper Collins 

Winchester, Simon, 2003, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1888: Harper Collins, 416 p.

Books for Children and Young Readers

Blobaum, Cindy, Illustrated by Michael P. Kline, 1999, Geology Rocks--50 Hands-on Activities to Explore the Earth, Williamson Publishing

Christian, Peggy, Illustrated by Barbara Hirsch Lember, 2000, If You Find a Rock, Harcourt

Cole, Joanna, Illustrated by Bruce Degen, 1989, The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth, Scholastic Trade

Gibbons, Gail, 1998, The Planet Earth: Inside Out, Mulberry Books

Hiscock, Brian, 1999, The Big Rock, Aladdin Paperback

Hooper, Meredith, Illustrated by Christopher Caody and Chris Coady, 1996, The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth, Viking Children's Books

Hurst, Carol Otis, 2001, Rocks in his Head, Greenwillow

Kerley, Barbara, Illustrated by Brian Selznick, 2001, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, Scholastic Trade

Martin, Jacqueline, Illustrated by Mary Azarian, 1998, Snowflake Bentley, Houghton Mifflin Co.

Michel, F. and Larvor, Y., 1989, The Restless Earth: The Secrets of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Continental Drift in Three-Dimensional Moving Pictures, Viking Penguin, 10 p.

Prager, Ellen, J., Illustrated by Nancy Woodman, 2002, Sand, National Geographic Society

Thorson, Kristine and Thorson, Robert, Illustrated by Gustav Moore, 1998, Stone Wall Secrets, Tilbury House, Gardiner, ME

Vancleave, Janice, 1991, Janice Vancleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work, John Wiley