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US0006PB. Texas Through Time: Lone Star Geology, Landscapes, and Resources, by T. E. Ewing, with contributions by Heather Christensen. 431 p., 2016. ISBN: 978-1-970007-09-1: Paperback.


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About This Publication

Explore the landscapes, rocks, and resources of Texas and 1.7 billion years of Earth history in Texas Through Time by noted geoscientist Thomas E. Ewing. Visit the ancient rocks of the Llano and Van Horn areas, the legacy of now-eroded Himalaya-type ranges that initially rose more than 1 billion years ago. Marvel at the giant West Texas Basin, so prolific in oil and gas, and the enigmatic Marathon and Ouachita Mountains. Watch North America separate from the supercontinent Pangea and create the enclosed, salt-rich Gulf of Mexico in its wake. Discover the vast carbonate platform that today makes up the Edwards Plateau and Texas Hill Country. And witness the complex story of mountain building, uplift, and delta building that formed today's Texas landscapes. Special chapters consider Texas resources and geologic hazards, as well as the impact of geology on human settlement during the last 15,000 years. Texas Through Time contains more than 500 full-color photos, illustrations, and maps, all showing the state’s development through geologic “deep time.”




Keywords: Texas, Texas geology, Texas Great Places, Texas natural resources, geologic hazards, Texas geologic history, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic, Gulf of Mexico, Llano Uplift, Texas native cultures, Texas environment, Texas landscapes, Texas geologic processes, Bureau of Economic Geology, Udden Series, Texas ecoregions, Texas fossils, Texas plate tectonics, Texas formations, Pangea, Texas energy, Texas climate, Texas basins, Permian Basin, Texas dinosaurs, Texas volcanism, Texas fault zones, Texas Holocene, Texas Paleoindians, Texas minerals, Texas aquifers, Thomas E. Ewing

Citation:
Ewing, T. E., 2016, Texas Through Time: Lone Star Geology, Landscapes, and Resources: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Udden Series No. 6, 431 p.

Foreword by Scott Tinker

Preface

Chapter 1 - Landscapes of Texas

One Journey Across Texas

Two Alternate Journeys

Summary of Landscapes

Landscapes and Ecoregions

Chapter 2 - What Is Geology?

Goals of Geology

Methods of Geology

Deep Time—Millions and Billions of Years

Rock Cycle

Earth Layering

Chapter 3 - Texas in Space and Time: An Overview

What Is Beneath Texas?

How Old Is Texas?

Where Has Texas Been?

Who Were Our Neighbors?

Chapter 4 - A Long Time Ago in a World Not So Far Away: Texas in the Proterozoic (1,700–700 Ma)

Studying the Oldest Rocks

Beginnings of Texas: Mazatzal Province and Southern Granite–Rhyolite Province (1,700–1,300 Ma)

An Unsteady Margin (1,300–1,200 Ma)

Mountains and Granites: Llano Orogeny (1,200–1,070 Ma)

Putting the Pieces Together

Chapter 5 - Buried Mountains and Salt Seas: Texas in the Paleozoic (700–250 Ma)

Late Proterozoic to Mississippian (700–323 Ma)

Late Paleozoic (Pennsylvanian–Permian, 323–252 Ma)

Chapter 6 - Life in a Newborn Gulf: Mesozoic Seas of Texas (265–252 Ma)

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Forming the Gulf of Mexico (Tectonic Phase I, 240–162 Ma)

From Sandy Shores to the Texas Bahamas: Jurassic and Early Cretaceous (Tectonic Phase II, 162–98 Ma)

Unquiet Earth: Volcanoes, Uplifts, Chalks, and Organic Rocks of the Late Cretaceous (Tectonic Phase III, 98–65 Ma)

Chapter 7 - A World Re-Formed: Texas Cenozoic (65–0 Ma)

The Push from the West: Laramide Orogeny and Its Cousins (80–40 Ma) 

West Texas Mountains: Volcanoes and the Transition to Rifting (48–18 Ma)

The Rise of the West: Rifting, Uplift, and Tilting of West Texas (25–0 Ma)

Filling in the Gulf of Mexico: Advancing Deltas, Shorelines, and Deep-Sea Fans (65–0 Ma)

Wet and Dry: The Last 2 Million Years

Chapter 8 - Humans in the Geological Landscape: The Last 20,000 Years

Setting the Stage: Geology and Environment from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Present

The First Humans: Paleoindians and the Land They Found

Diverse Native Cultures in the Landscape: Archaic to Contact

Immigration: Hispanic Settlements and Roads

American Uses of the Landscape and Resources

Chapter 9 - Earth Resources of Texas: Soils, Minerals, Water, and Energy

Soils

Metals and Industrial Minerals

Water

Energy: Petroleum and Natural Gas

Energy: Other Sources

Chapter 10 - Earth Impacts and Hazards: Geology and the Environment

Coastal Flooding and Erosion

Stream Flooding

Expanding Soils and Landslides

Sinkholes, Karst, Subsidence, and Active Faulting

Radon in Soils

Earthquakes

Afterword

Appendix: Great Places to View Texas Geology

Glossary

For More Information

Index

Tom Ewing

Thomas E. Ewing, Ph.D., has been an Earth scientist in Texas for 35 years, first with the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and later as owner of Frontera Exploration Consultants and occasional lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has given talks and led field trips across Texas for geologists and others, and his extensive publications include the Tectonic Map of Texas (BEG, 1990) and Landscapes, Water, and Man: Geology and History in the San Antonio Area of Texas (South Texas Geological Society, 2008). Dr. Ewing has held offices in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, as well as in local and regional geology groups, and has received several awards for his service to the field.

Sample from Chapter 1 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 1 - Landscapes of Texas
Sample from Chapter 2 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 2 - What is Geology?
Sample from Chapter 4 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 4 - A Long Time Ago in a World Not So Far Away: Texas in the Proterozoic (1,700–700 Ma)
Sample from Chapter 6 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 6 - Life in a Newborn Gulf: Mesozoic Seas of Texas (265–252 Ma)
Sample from Chapter 7 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 7 - A World Re-Formed: Texas Cenozoic (65–0 Ma)
Sample from Chapter 9 of Texas Through Time
Sample from Chapter 9 - Earth Resources of Texas: Soils, Minerals, Water, and Energy
Sample from the Great Places Appendix of Texas Through Time
Sample from Appendix: Great Places