Andrew Alden, author of "Deep Oakland"

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Saturday, May 27, 2023 - 2:00pm

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276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Deep Oakland cover
Andrew Alden - credit Amir Aziz

In Deep Oakland, geologist Andrew Alden excavates the ancient story of Oakland's geologic underbelly and reveals how its silt, soil, and subterranean sinews are intimately entwined with its human history--and future. Poised atop a world-famous fault line now slumbering, Alden charts how these quaking rocks gave rise to the hills and the flats; how ice-age sand dunes gave root to the city's eponymous oak forests; how the Jurassic volcanoes of Leona Heights gave way to mining boom times; how Lake Merritt has swelled and disappeared a dozen times over the course of its million-year lifespan; and how each epochal shift has created the terrain cradling Oaklanders today.

Andrew Alden is a geologist and geoscience writer who has worked for the US Geological Survey and reported for KQED and Bay Nature. Long fascinated with rocks and landscapes, Alden found inspiration for his debut book, Deep Oakland, in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which, as he writes, "ripped the city open and revealed to us its heart and character." Through his writing Alden raises awareness for what he calls the deep present: the appreciation of the ancient underpinnings that shape the modern-day surroundings of daily life.

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Deep Oakland: How Geology Shaped a City By Andrew Alden, Laura Cunningham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrew Alden, Laura Cunningham (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781597145961
Availability: Not on our shelves, but available to order.
Published: Heyday Books - May 2nd, 2023