Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-260) and index.
The Western reserve -- A sense of space -- River days: paradise found -- River days: paradise lost -- The delicate strength of rock -- The Western rampart -- Where the winds live -- Colorado burning -- Let it snow! -- Equifinality -- What is natural? -- The disillusioned angler -- Poisoning the well -- Adventures in the still unknown interior of North America.
This deeply personal collection of essays paints a progressive view of the American West as seen by a geologist. The author traces her twenty years of living and conducting research in the natural landscapes of the West as she investigates the conflict between environmental history and widely held romanticized views of the region.