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Allen Glazner is Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. from Pomona College and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research focuses on magmatism and plate tectonics of western North America, with special emphasis on the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park. Allen has won two University Teaching Awards, has led dozens of field trips in the American Southwest for groups ranging from academic specialists to the general public, and has trained astronauts and National Park personnel in the field and classroom. In addition to over 100 academic papers he has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park.