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Professor Wins Award for Book on Joshua Tree National Park Geology

“Joshua Tree National Park Geology," coauthored by Richard W. Hazlett and D.D. Trent, received a 2004 Media and Partnership Award for excellence, from the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL). The award was presented in March at the APPL’s national conference in St. Louis.  

Joshua Tree National Park, now in peak flowering season, is home to rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land into a giant desert mosaic of immense beauty and complexity. Adjacent to the San Andreas Fault, the area is the result of over two billion years of collided, scraping, crumpling and shaking of the land into its present form.

The 64-page book traces the evolution of Joshua Tree National Park’s unique desert landscape in an easy-to-understand format featuring full-color photographs, instructive graphic illustrations and geologic maps. Concise descriptions of the combination of factors that formed the park’s distinctive features are explained stage by stage. The book was written for newly inquisitive visitors and students of geology. It published by the Joshua Tree National Park Association.

The APPL works to enhance the potential of its member not-for-profit organizations to provide the highest levels of program and service to public agencies entrusted with the care of America’s natural and cultural heritage.

Hazlett is the Stephen M. Pauley Professor of Environmental Studies and an associate professor of geology at Pomona College. He teaches courses in environmental science, geology and Land Use and Abuse.  In 2001, he was the recipient of the college’s Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching. His previous books include “Roadside Geology of Hawaii” (1996), “Geological Field Guide to Kilauea Volcano” (1993), and “Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Place of Refuge” (1985), for which he won a U.S. Park Service Award of Excellence in Publications. A resident of Claremont, his geological mapping research helped establish the Turtle Mountain Wilderness in the eastern Mojave Desert.

Trent taught geology and oceanography at Citrus College, in Glendora, for 28 years. He is the co-author of the widely used college textbook “Geology and the Environment” and appears in the PBS series, “The Earth Revealed.” Now retired, Trent lives in Claremont.

The Joshua Tree National Park Association can be reached at (760) 367-5537 or on the web at www.joshuatree.org.