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book cover Traces of Time: The Beauty of Change in Nature

Traces of Time: The Beauty of Change in Nature.
Murphy, Pat and Paul Doherty, 2000. Chronicle Books.
ISBN 0-8118-2857-3
10” x 9.6”, paperback, 120 pages, full color photography.

This stunning journey through the effects of time on nature will be enjoyed by all. Full color photographs vividly illustrate some aspects of time and nature such as the annual pattern of the sun in the sky, layers in ice and trees, and erosion over the years.

 

book cover of Mapping the Future of America's National Parks: Stewardship through Geographic Information Systems

Mapping the Future of America's National Parks: Stewardship through Geographic Information Systems.
Henry, Mark and Leslie Armstrong, editors in association with the National Park Service, 2004.
ESRI Press.
ISBN 1-58948-080-5
paperback, 158 pages, full color images and photographs.

Mapping the Future of America's National Parks outlines how the latest high-tech GIS tools help protect the nation's limited natural wonders. Using vivid images and photographs, the book emphasizes the utility of GIS and aims to bring it out of the technical world in order to show how it is preserving out national park lands. The book blends reader-friendly sotries, photographs and maps into a stunning visual display.

book cover Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Notheastern United States

Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Northeastern United States, 2 nd edition
Raymo, Chet and Maureen E.Raymo, 2001.
Black Dome Press Corp.
ISBN 1-8837889-27-3
8.5” x 5.5”, paperback, 163 pages, black and white illustrations.

In vivid, nontechnical prose, Written in Stone traces the geologic changes in the Northeast since North America perched on the equator and dinosaurs were young. Grand events unfold as continents collide, oceans disappear, mountain ranges rise and fall, and mass extinctions decimate entire species. This tale will fascinate all who enter its realm.


book cover of Grand Canyon, a Century of Change: Rephotography of the 1889-1890 Stanton Expedition.

Grand Canyon, a Century of Change: Rephotography of the 1889-1890 Stanton Expedition.
Webb, Robert H., 1996.
The University of Arizona Press.
ISBN 0-8165-1578-6
8.25” x 10.5”, paperback, 290 pages, black and white photography and illustrations

Robert Webb goes back to the Grand Canyon to retrace the route taken in the 19 th century by Robert Brewster Stanton in order to photograph the same scenes to give us a more precise picture of the change in the last century of this seemingly timeless place. More than just a picture book, this is an environmental history of the Colorado River corridor and shows the impact of human influence on the Grand Canyon.


book cover of Print the Legend: Photography and the American West

Print the Legend: Photography and the American West
Sandweiss, Martha A., 2002.
Yale University Press.
ISBN 0-300-09522-8
paperback, 402 pages, black and white photography

"This handsome tome is clearly destined to become a classic and required reading - not just for specialists in Western history but for anyone interested in the configuration of American myths, legends and identity . . . Sandweiss has given us a truly remarkable book, written with clarity and grace, and superbly illustrated."
-Michael Kammen, Reviews in American History


book cover of The Full Value of Parks: From the Economics to the Intangible

The Full Value of Parks: From the Economics to the Intangible.
Harmon, David and Allen D.Putney, 2003.
Rowman and Littlefield Pubilshers, Inc.
ISBN 0-7425-2715-8
paperback, 347 pages

Drawing on insights from a board group of international experts, and offering examples from Siberia to tropical Africa, from the Andes to the Australian outback, The Full Value of Parks is an engaging and lucid exploration of the entire range of benefits and values of protected areas - from economics to the intangible.


book cover of Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments and Seashores.

Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments & Seashores.
Lillie, Robert J., 2005.
W.W. Norton and Company.
ISBN 0-393-92407-6
9" x 10.75", paperback, 550 pages, full color throughout

Ever have questions about the fascinating natural dynamics working in our national parks? This book aims to provide answers to some of them. The spectacular geology in our national parks provides the answers to many questions about the Earth. The answers can be appreciated through plate tectonics, an exciting way to understand the ongoing natural processes that sculpt our landscape. Parks and Plates is a visual and scientific voyage of discovery!


book cover of Geology of National Parks, Sixth Edition

Geology of National Parks, Sixth Edition
Harris, Ann G., Ester Tuttle and Sherwood D. Tuttle, 2003.
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
ISBN 0-7872-9971-5, 850 pages, 400 color plates.
(also available in loose-leaf format ISBN 0-7872-9970-7)

An introductory non-technical geology text covering the geology of 57 National Park units. Parks are grouped by geologic themes (e.g. caves, volcanic, glacial) and presented in 10-20 page chapters. Basic geologic concepts are presented at the beginning of the 5 theme sections and additional terms are defined as needed within the park descriptions. Includes bibliographic references for each park, park maps, a glossary, CD-ROM with hundreds of of color photographs, and an index.


book cover of Geology U.S. Parklands, Fifth Edition

Geology of U.S. Parklands, Fifth Edition
Kiver, Eugene P. and David V. Harris, 1999.
John Willey & Sons, Inc.
ISBN 0-471-33218-6, 902 pages.

Includes inductory geology and basic geologic story of 78 park units in the "lower 48" and Hawaii (no Alaska parks). Chapter One introduces the National Park System and basic geologic concepts (50 pages). Chapters 2-18 are organized by geomorphic provience and contain introductions to the geologic settings and geology of the park units. The text includes 78 NPS units (some Parks, Monuments, and Seashores), as well as USFS (Mount St. Hellens and Newberry Volcanic) and BLM (Grand Staircase-Escalante) sites. Includes bibliographic references and index.


book cover Geology and America's National Park Areas

Geology and America's National Park Areas
Brooks B. Ellwood, 1996.
Prentice-Hall, Inc.
ISBN 0-02-332753-7, 372 pages, b&w.

Provides students with introductory look at geology and geologic setting of many national park areas. Each park description includes some general background information, black and white photos and a broad geological overview. Includes numerous maps and diagrams, a glossary and an index.


book cover Geology of Utah's Parks and Monuments

Geology of Utah's Parks and Monuments
Spinkel, Douglas A., Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., and Paul B. Anderson, Editors, 2000.
Utah Geological Association, Publication 28
ISBN 0-9702571-0-4, 644 pages, color.

This volume covers the geology of most National Park Service and State Park areas in the state of Utah (5 National Parks, 6 National Monuments, 2 National Recreation Areas, 1 Geologic Area, 1 Tribal Park, 10 State Parks). Each article features in-depth treatment of the stratigraphy, geologic history, structural geology, and unique geologic features, as well as geologic maps, stratigraphic sections, numerous color photos, and a geologic bibliography. Also has companion compact disc volume "Geologic Road, Trail, and Lake Guides to Utah's Parks and Monuments"; Utah Geological Association Publication 29.


book cover of Reading the Earth, Landforms in the making

Reading the Earth, Landforms in the Making
Jerome Wyckoff, 1999.
Adastra West, Inc.
ISBN 0-9674075-0-8, 352 pages, color.

This illustrated guide to landforms has numerous photographs and descriptions of national park landforms and associated features. Geologic features from around the world are described and illustrated with 556 photographs and 75 drawings. Not a traditional geology text, this book uses a wide variety of dramatic landscapes to introduce the reader to basic geologic concepts. New geologic terms are defined within the text, often with supporting diagrams. With color photos on every page, this text will hold the interest of non-major geology and geography students and anyone interested in landforms and their origin. Includes bibliographic references and index.


book cover of Windows into the Earth: The geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Windows Into the Earth: The geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Smith, Robert B., and Lee J. Siegel, 2000.
Oxford University Press.
ISBN 0-19-510597-4
8" x 10", paperback, 242 pages, full color and greyscale photography and illustration.



book cover of America's National Parks: The Spectacular Forces That Shaped Our Tresured Lands

America's National Parks: The Spectacular Forces That Shaped Our Treasured Lands
Schullery, Paul, 2001.
DK Publishing Inc.
ISBN 0-7894-8016-6
10.4" x 12.2", hardback, 407 pages, full color photography and illustration.



book cover of Geodiversity; Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature

Geodiversity; Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature
Gray, Murray., 2004
John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.,
ISBN 0-47084896-0
6.5" x 9.5", paperback, 434 pages, black and white illustrations and photography.

This book focuses specifically on the geodiversity of the planet and the threats to this diversity, explains the value of inanimate nature and assesses the approaches that should be taken to conserve it. This book is for geologists and geomorphologists, nature conservationists, ecologists, landscape planners and architects. It would also make an excellent reference for undergraduates studying environmental science and related disciplines.

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