For Rock Hounds

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Let’s face it — geology lessons typically run on the dry side. But climbers, of all people, should be curious about the stones on which we play. An engaging solution is found in Flakes, Jugs & Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology ($17.95, falcon.com), which answers pretty much everything about rocks — Why does Hueco have huecos? Why do the Needles have needles? How did Fontainebleau get its brain-like slopers? — but does so in a fun, easy-toread Q&A format, with colorful photos and diagrams. High on the “Cool, I didn’t know that!” factor, the guide will give you a new eye for and a lasting appreciation of all stones, big and small.

—Kristin Bjornsen