A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Author(s): Moore, Harry L.
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  • Imprint: Univ Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date: 1988-11-15
  • Status: Active
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A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Harry L. Moore

“In this informative, readable, altogether useful guide, Harry Moore adds another dimension to our understanding and appreciation of the Great Smoky Mountains.  He acquaints us skillfully with the geologist’s terminology and shows us how to read for ourselves the ancient language of the rocks.”—Wilma Dykeman

“Everybody loves the plants, trees, birds, mammals, and even the reptiles, amphibians, and insects of the Great Smokies.  But rocks are not less fascinating, alive in their own way, the foundation of all the rest of life.  So I think it’s great to have this guide as a companion on the trail.”—Michael Frome

Guiding the reader on five popular driving tours and five key hiking trails, this nontechnical guidebook indicates not-to-be-missed points of interest and describes the geological evolution associated with them.  Tour maps are complemented by annotated road log commentaries and copious drawings and photographs to aid in identifying geological phenomena even when these are obscured by the mountains’ lush vegetation.

A helpful introduction, focusing on the geologic history of the Smokies, illuminates basic terms and concepts, while a glossary, list of suggested readings, and detailed index further enhance the book’s utility.  Unique in providing a crisp, comprehensive summary of the Smoky Mountains’ geology, A Roadside Guide will serve as a basic planning guide for scenic road trips and hiking trips in the Smokies.

Harry L. Moore holds a master’s degree in geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Since 1972 he has been a geologist at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.