Book Reviews

Want an in-depth analysis of Tennessee Geology? Don Byerly, award-winning geology professor emeritus from UT Knoxville includes maps, illustrations and personal stories that turn this slim volume into a gold mine of information for the sophisticated amateur rock hound 

This book could have been named "Fossils of Nashville" since the Cincinnati Arch runs right through the center of Tennessee. Although $75 may seem expensive for a paperback, this four-pound telephone-directory size 575-page book is a great investment for fossil fanatics.
Ordovician strata of Cincinnati and Nashville offer a tantalizing snapshot of life as it appeared 450 million years ago when oceans teamed with early invertebrates. This well-written book explains how these rocks were brought to life by giants of paleontology who frequently started out as amateur fossil collectors.
Although the geology of our southern neighbor differs slightly from that of Tennessee, this elegant hardbound book deserves a spot on your bedside table. Beautifully illustrated, well written and authoritative, this $35 volume goes far beyond being a reference book. Now in its second edition.
During the Age of Dinosaurs, the United States was flooded by a vast inland sea, traces of which still remain in Tennessee fossil sites such as Coon Creek. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary fauna and history of that ocean in an expansive second edition book by paleontologist Mike Everhart. And don't miss his website -- OceansOfKansas.com. The Geology of nashville Written in 1948 by Charles W. Wilson Jr, The Geology of Nashville, Tennessee (Bulletin 53) is the best $10 deal you will ever make! Although many of the listed sites are now gone, information about local geology and fossils will never be obsolete! Still available through the Tennessee Geological Survey