Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

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The Rocky Mountains are one of the Earth's most spectacular geological features, containing vast stretches that remain wild and untamed. Hikers on mountain trails often see the wilderness just as Lewis and Clark saw it almost 200 years ago. The diversity of life found along the Rockies' 2,000-mile range is so varied that the mountains are divided into three regions: the Northern, Central, and Southern Rocky Mountains. Scott A. Elias discusses the unique features of each region in his comprehensive natural history of "the backbone of the continent." Elias examines the physical environment of each of the three regions, looking at geology, important land forms, climatology, soils, water resources, and paleontology. Equally detailed chapters examine botany, invertebrate zoology, native fishes of the plains and mountains, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Elias also includes a history of the native peoples and a synthesis of activities since the Spanish colonial period in the Southern Rockies. Conservation topics are woven throughout the book and the final pages examine the problems of overuse and overcrowding in national and state parks. Elias offers recommendations to alleviate these problems and stresses that the Rockies are a national treasure and should be treated as more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 158.5 x 236.2 x 18.8mm | 426.38g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 1588340422
  • 9781588340429

About Scott A. Elias

Scott A. Elias has written many books, including The Ice-Age History of National Parks in the Rocky Mountains (Smithsonian, 1995). He is a fellow and research scientist in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, more

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Scott Elias has provided, for the casual visitor as well as the adent student, a thorough guide for achieving this greater love and admiration of the North American Rockies. -- John Craighead, Co-Author of the Pterson Field Guide, A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowersshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Backbone of a Continent Chapter 2 2. Mountain Building Chapter 3 3. Fossils Chapter 4 4. Plant Life Chapter 5 5. Animals Chapter 6 6. First Peoples Chapter 7 7. The Written History Chapter 8 8. Epilogue: A Legacy to Preserveshow more

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