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The Mammoth: News from the Nebraska State Museum, July 2017, p. 16


Copyright 2017, R.F. Diffendal, Jr.


In 2014 my good friend and former boss, Richard (Rick) Edwards, Director of the University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies asked me to consider writing a small book about the geology of the Great Plains as part of a series of books exploring many aspects of this marvelous place. I thought his request over and told Rick that I would give it a try. The series is being published by the University of Nebraska Press, the first completed book of which is Great Plains Indians written by my colleague David Wishart.

I wrote up an outline of my book and planned trips with Anne to places in the northern and southern extremes of the Great Plains that we either had not visited before or needed to visit again to make further observations to use in the book. These trips led us to parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada and to the Hill Country and Pecos Valley in Texas. The end result was production with the help of Anne and of many readers and editors of drafts of my book, Great Plains Geology, published in April of 2017.