Avery, Kevin J. 1993.
Church's great picture: The Heart of the Andes
. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 64pp. Detailed consideration of Church's greatest picture,
The Heart of the Andes
, his travel through Ecuador and Colombia, and the scientific, artistic, and moral/spiritual/religious significance of the painting. (Selected passages.)
Bell, Michael. 1985.
The face of Connecticut: people, geology, and the land
. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Bulletin 110, 196pp. Continues as the best general overview of the geology of Connecticut, with clear explanation of Central Valley faulting, sedimentary deposits, and intrusive trap rock ridges. A set of slide photographs and illustrations from the book has been obtained from state geologist Sid Quarrier. (Selected assigned pages.)
Bennett, Dean. 1988.
Maine's natural heritage: rare species and unique natural features
. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 285pp. Chapter on alpine plant communities discusses the Katahdin Group of mountain peaks. Excellent overview of Maine's topography, geology, and ecology. (Selected assigned pages.)
Brantley, Steven R. 1995.
Volcanoes of the United States
. Washington, D.C.: United States Geological Survey, General Interest Publications, 44pp. Additional reference material on volcanoes.
Decker, Robert, and Barbara Decker. 1998.
Volcanoes (Third Edition)
. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 321pp. Good reference material on the Ring of Fire, the subduction zones encircling the Pacific Basin. (Selected assigned pages.)
Frye, Keith. 1986, 2001.
Roadside geology of Virginia
. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 278pp. Useful section on the solubility of limestone/carbonate, applicable to Natural Bridge and nearby caverns. Would benefit from better indexing and use of road maps. (Selected assigned pages.)
Hamblin, W.K., and J.D. Howard. 1980.
Exercises in physical geology (Fifth Edition)
. Minneapolis: Burgess Publishing Company, 225pp. Contains useful exercises on igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, aerial photographs and topographic maps, volcanic landforms, continental glaciation, and tectonic features of North America. Student reference text.
Notes on the State of Virginia
. (William Peden, editor.) 1982. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 315pp. Jefferson's "commentary on the resources and institutions" of Virginia, and a "delineation of Jefferson's major philosophical, political, scientific, and ethical beliefs." He briefly describes The Natural Bridge of Virginia, "the most sublime of Nature's works." (Selected assigned pages.)
Jorgensen, Neil. 1978.
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to Southern New England
. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 417pp. Excellent sections on "looking at the landscape," forest geography, forest ecology, postagricultural land, wetlands and watercourses, and animals of southern New England. (Selected assigned sections.)
Jorgensen, Neil. 1977.
A Guide to New England's Landscape
. Chester, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press, 256pp. Sections on bedrock geology, "the face of the land," and vegetation, with good information on Katahdin's alpine zone, cirques, and blowdowns.
Press, Frank, and Raymond Siever. 1998.
Earth (Fourth Edition)
. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 656pp. The text for The Dynamic Earth course. Following chapters are most pertinent: 2. The Rock Record and the Geologic Time Scale; 3. Rocks and Minerals; 4. Folds, Faults, and Other Records of Rock Deformation; 5. Weathering: The Decomposition of Rocks; 6. Erosion and Landscape; 15. Plutonism: The Formation of Igneous Rocks; 16. Volcanism
Skinner, Brian J., and Stephen C. Porter. 2000.
The dynamic Earth: an introduction to physical geology (Fourth Edition)
. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 575pp+appendices. Supplementary text. Well written, highly comprehensive, excellent photographs and graphics, and strong in supplementary instructional materials.
Smith, McKelden. 1998.
The Great Estates Region of the Hudson River Valley
. New York: Historic Hudson Valley Press, 64pp. Several pages on Olana State Historic Site/National Historic Landmark.
Thoreau, Henry D. 1864, 1972.
The Maine woods
. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 347pp. (Edited, with an afterword, by Joseph J. Moldenhauer) First section is on Mount Katahdin, here called Ktaadn.
Wyckoff, Jerome. 1999.
Reading the Earth: landforms in the making
. Mahwah, New Jersey: Adastra West, Inc., 352pp. "A book for all who enjoy natural scenery and wonder how it is made: a book also for earth-science teachers and students . . ." Numerous excellent photographs and descriptions of landforms, highly applicable to American landscape paintings.