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One of the jewels in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses the dramatic landscape where the vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge. Here plants and animals unique to those three basins come together, making it one of the richest, most diverse natural places in North America. Wolves, grizzly bears, and moose wander its woods and high alpine meadows. Western redcedar, whitebark pine, and glacier lily thrive and mingle on the slopes of its glacial valleys....
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One of the jewels in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses the dramatic landscape where the vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge. Here plants and animals unique to those three basins come together, making it one of the richest, most diverse natural places in North America. Wolves, grizzly bears, and moose wander its woods and high alpine meadows. Western redcedar, whitebark pine, and glacier lily thrive and mingle on the slopes of its glacial valleys. Author and naturalist David Rockwell explains the evolution of the park's geology from the erosion of Australian mountains more than a billion years ago to the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its distinctive landscape. He explores the natural history of the plants and animals of the park's six distinct regions -- the aspen parklands, the North Fork Valley, the McDonald Creek Valley, the subalpine and alpine zones, and the park's bodies of water. You'll learn about the park's great predators -- grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves -- and about their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world's last truly wild places.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762723546
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Exploring Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rockwell has worked in the field of natural resource conservation for more than 25 years as a consultant, manager, writer, and teacher. His previous books include Nature of North America and Giving Voice to Bear. He lives in Dixon, Montana.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
The Rock of the Park 1
Shoving the Park into Place 25
An Ice-Age Park 35
Where to See Geology 50
A Place to Live 57
The Aspen Parklands 69
The North Fork Valley Bottom 91
Plant Communities Guide 128
Checklist to Selected Native Plants 135
The McDonald Creek Valley 143
Glacier's Subalpine 169
The Alpine 197
Lakes and Streams 221
Where to Find Wildlife 240
Checklist of Selected Animals 243
The Human Presence 251
General Information for Visitors to Glacier National Park 273
Hiking in Bear Country 281
Notes on Chapters 285
Bibliography 293
Index 299
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