Grand Canyon National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover (America's National Park Series)

Grand Canyon National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover (America's National Park Series)

by Doreen Gonzales
     
 

Majestic vistas, desert lizards, and the winding waters of the Colorado River. They are all sites that visitors are almost certain to take in when they visit Grand Canyon National Park. Find out how scientists believe the Grand Canyon was created, and learn about the different types of rock in the canyon. See why the Grand Canyon was preserved as a national park

Overview

Majestic vistas, desert lizards, and the winding waters of the Colorado River. They are all sites that visitors are almost certain to take in when they visit Grand Canyon National Park. Find out how scientists believe the Grand Canyon was created, and learn about the different types of rock in the canyon. See why the Grand Canyon was preserved as a national park and read about those who helped make it happen. Most of all, discover why you may want to take a trip there.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
With rocks two billion years old eroded by the Colorado River, it was already ancient when the first people came; the breathtaking canyon is now a World Heritage Site. This title in the "America's National Parks" series introduces report writers to the canyon's geology, the history of the Anasazi people and later tribes (some still living there), and the founding of the Grand Canyon National Park. Sighted by conquistadors in 1540, rediscovered by Americans after the Mexican War, explored by naturalist John Wesley Powell and painted by Thomas Moran, the immense canyon became a tourist destination in the 1880s. With the advent of a railroad, a hotel, and successive efforts by two presidents, the Grand Canyon finally became a National Park in 1919. Readers will learn about native fauna of the park, including the colorful Gila monster, bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, and the great California condor; other chapters discuss the park's environmental problems (air pollution, invasive plant species, overcrowding, and a controversial dam) and recreational activities like hiking, riding, fishing, and whitewater rafting. Though some photos are included, the main focus of this series is to direct students to thirty Internet sites where further exploring can be done (sites are linked to the publisher's website). A good deal of information is included in the reader-friendly text, but writers who have access to a computer will find more spectacular visuals on Grand Canyon National Park's official website: (http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm). Some of the sites listed are not very helpful for this age group. Part of the "MyReportLinks.com Books" series. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598451009
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
America's National Parks Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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