The Grand Canyon

Overview

The Grand Canyon blends elements of color, contour, and immensity like no place on earth. A mile deep and 277 miles long, this immense "crack" in the ground encompasses over 1.7 billion years of geologic history. Each year, more than four million visitors come to be awed by its grandeur. Yet most leave unaware of the natural history and wilderness within its walls.

In A Wilderness Called Grand Canyon, Stewart Aitchison details the area's natural history, taking readers from the ...

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Overview

The Grand Canyon blends elements of color, contour, and immensity like no place on earth. A mile deep and 277 miles long, this immense "crack" in the ground encompasses over 1.7 billion years of geologic history. Each year, more than four million visitors come to be awed by its grandeur. Yet most leave unaware of the natural history and wilderness within its walls.

In A Wilderness Called Grand Canyon, Stewart Aitchison details the area's natural history, taking readers from the Sonoran-type desert at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the alpine tundra at the summit of the nearby San Francisco Peaks. Along the way, Aitchison, who has explored the region for over twenty-five years, introduces readers to the variety of plant and animal communities that reside there: from forests of ponderosa and pinyon pine to juniper bushes, from bald eagles to feral burros.

Throughout his trek, Aitchison recounts his own first views, adventures, and misadventures within the Grand Canyon, as well as those of early explorers, scientists, artists, and musicians. He spells out past and present theories of the canyon's origin and the role played by the mighty Colorado River. The book also addresses serious environmental issues facing the Grand Canyon today: noise pollution from overhead air traffic, water and air pollution from the Navajo Generating Station, and the long-range effects of Glen Canyon Dam on the area's ecology and landscape evolution.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The number of books on the Grand Canyon is almost as vast as the canyon itself, but few present the subject so effectively for the layperson.
Popular Photography Magazine
. . . full of those pictures you hope you'll take, if only you have time . . . .
Library Journal
Naturalist author/photographer Aitchison combines a solid introduction to the Grand Canyon with a fascinating overview of the history, geology, and mystery of this national treasure. His focus is the remarkable natural and human history of the canyon and the forces that challenge it today. He successfully weaves his own views and adventures with those of early explorers, scientists, and artists while describing the flora and fauna of canyon ecology. He deftly addresses environmental issues like noise pollution from power plants and distant urban sources, the extensive impact of the Glen Canyon Dam, and the role of introduced wildlife. The number of books on the Grand Canyon is almost as vast as the canyon itself, but few present the subject so effectively for the layperson. Highly recommended.-- Susan Fifer Canby, National Geographic Soc . Lib., Washington, D.C.
Booknews
A book of excellent color photos with human and natural history, a decent bibliography, but no index. While a half cut above the quality of similar books it is about twice their prices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641517198
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Voyageur Wilderness Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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