Roadside Geology of Southern California

Published in January 2016, this book is the motorist’s guide to the geologic features of southern California, including  Mojave Desert, Salton Trough,  Peninsular Ranges,  Los Angeles basin, and the Transverse Ranges as seen along  main highways. It does not include off road byways or hiking trails.  The book is 390 pages with 196 geo-referenced photographs, 84 detailed maps, and 31 interpretative diagrams – all in dazzling color. The book is the latest in the series of more than 30 Roadside Geology books published by Mountain Press Publishing Company of Missoula, Montana.


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11 thoughts on “Roadside Geology of Southern California

  1. Michelle Garde October 2, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Awesome!!!! I cant wait!


  2. Christy Till November 13, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Eagerly awaiting publication!


  3. M. Cline November 16, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Very excited to purchase a copy and put it to good use! 🙂


  4. An Yin December 10, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    This book is going to be a great education material for professional geologists and the general public. Can’t wait to see it in print!!


  5. Phil Anderson December 22, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    If Art is involved, expect this to be top notch. Can’t wait to get my copy 🙂


  6. Luis B December 22, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I can’t wait for two copies!!! one for the field, one for the bookcase 🙂


  7. Sarah Lockwood December 22, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    This will be the mother of all roadside geology books and I’m so excited for it!!


  8. Alan Vigeant July 22, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I purchased the book at the San Marcos COSTCO, of all places. If you leave notes for the buyer at the desk, he/she will usually try to accommodate your request.


    • socalgeology August 11, 2016 / 7:59 am

      We are pleased that our book is available at Costco – also Barnes and Noble!


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