Plummer Physical Geology
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Physical Geology, 10/e

Charles C. Plummer, California State University at Sacramento
David McGeary, California State University at Sacramento
Diane H. Carlson, California State University at Sacramento

ISBN: 007252815x
Copyright year: 2005

About the Authors

Charles Plummer
Professor Charles "Carlos" Plummer grew up in the shadows of volcanoes in Mexico City. There, he developed a love for mountains and mountaineering that eventually led him into geology. He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer. He resumed his geological education at the University of Washington where he received his M.S. and PhD degrees. His geologic work has been in mountainous and polar regions, notably Antarctica (where a glacier is named in his honor). He taught at Olympic Community College in Washington before joining the faculty at California State University, Sacramento.

At CSUS he taught optical mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, and field courses as well as introductory courses. He retired from teaching in 2003. He skis, has a private pilot license and is certified for open water SCUBA diving. Click on Charles Plummer to send an email. Charles Plummer

Diane Carlson
Professor Diane Carlson grew up on the glaciated Precambrian shield of northern Wisconsin and received an A.A. degree at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and B.S. in geology at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she studied the structural complexities of high-grade metamorphic rocks along the margin of the Idaho batholith for her master's thesis. The lure of the West and an opportunity to work with the U.S. Geological Survey to map the Colville batholith in northeastern Washington, led her to Washington State University for her PhD. Dr. Carlson accepted a position at California State University, Sacramento after her PhD and teaches physical geology, structural geology, environmental geology, and field geology. Professor Carlson is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the CSUS School of Arts and Sciences. She is also actively engaged in researching the structural and tectonic evolution of part of the Foothill Fault System in the northern Sierra Nevada of California. Click on Diane Carlson to send an email. Diane Carlson

David McGeary
Dave McGeary died in December 2002. He was born in 1940 and grew up in the town of State College, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A., majoring in geology, from Williams College in 1962. He earned an M.S. degree from University of Illinois and a PhD in marine geology at Scripps Institution in La Jolla, California. While at Scripps, he taught SCUBA diving. He began his college teaching career at Sacramento State College (later to become California State University, Sacramento) in 1969. Dave and Elly, his wife, had two sons born during his early years at Sacramento State College.

Dave was known as a demanding, but brilliant, teacher. He developed and taught a broad range of courses, most of them outside his specialty of marine geology. He loved teaching in the field. His weeklong field trips to classic geology locales (e.g. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon) were legendary. He organized and taught field method courses in the Mojave Desert known for their rigor. He retired from CSUS in 1992 and from coauthoring this book in 1995. After his retirement he indulged in his love of the theater. He played leading roles in various community productions and traveled with Elly to see performances in New York and London.

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