Glacier: A Natural History Guide

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A jewel in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses one of the richest and most diverse natural regions in North America. The vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge here, creating a dramatic landscape filled with plants and animals unique to those three basins.
Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park’s evolution from ...

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Overview

A jewel in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses one of the richest and most diverse natural regions in North America. The vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge here, creating a dramatic landscape filled with plants and animals unique to those three basins.
Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park’s evolution from the erosion of Siberian 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 bodies of water. He examines the park’s great predators—grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves—and their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world’s last wild places.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780762735693
  • Publisher: Falcon Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: A Falcon Guide Series
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.71 (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     ix
Introduction     xi
The Rock of the Park     1
Shoving the Park into Place     26
An Ice-Age Park     37
Where to See Geology     53
A Place to Live     60
The Aspen Parklands     73
The North Fork Valley Bottom     97
Plant Communities Guide     138
The McDonald Creek Valley     147
Glacier's Subalpine     175
Fire Guide     205
The Alpine     208
Lakes and Streams     232
Where to Find Wildlife     252
The Human Presence     264
Hiking in Bear Country     289
Notes to Chapters     293
Bibliography     305
Index     313
About the Author     320
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