Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin

Overview

The remote Colorado Plateau and Great Basin portions of the Intermountain West are areas of spectacular natural beauty and diversity. Due to inaccessibility, however, scientific study of many aspects of the region's natural history has lagged.

Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin provides an up-to-date summary of the region's geology, climates, and biology, including thorough treatments of the area's insects, fish, and reptiles. Also discussed are the ecology ...

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Overview

The remote Colorado Plateau and Great Basin portions of the Intermountain West are areas of spectacular natural beauty and diversity. Due to inaccessibility, however, scientific study of many aspects of the region's natural history has lagged.

Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin provides an up-to-date summary of the region's geology, climates, and biology, including thorough treatments of the area's insects, fish, and reptiles. Also discussed are the ecology and distribution of prehistoric human cultures in the region; how modern humans have used (and abused) resources in the Intermountain West; and the impact of post-Pleistocene environmental changes on genetics of disjunct populations of conifer trees.

Written by a diverse group of acknowledged experts, Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin offers invaluable background information for all students and resource managers who want to work in or visit the Intermountain West.

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"This is a valuable reference book for anyone interested in the natural resources of Utah, Nevada, northern Arizona, and western Colorado."
- Books of the Southwest

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Fourteen diverse contributed papers provide an up-to-date summary of this remote region's geology, climates, and biology, including thorough treatments of the area's insects, fish, and reptiles. Other topics include the ecology and distribution of prehistoric human cultures in the region; how modern humans have used and abused resources in the Intermountain West; and genetic diversity among populations of conifers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870815119
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition number: 859
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Geologic Contrasts of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau 9
3 Modern and Pleistocene Climatic Patterns in the West 27
4 The Extinct Late Pleistocene Mammals of the Great Basin 55
5 Western Great Basin Prehistory 87
6 Changes in Plant Communities in the Great Basin Induced by Domestic Livestock Grazing 113
7 People and Place in a Harsh Land: The Cultural Geography of the Great Basin 125
8 Distribution of Genetic Diversity Within and Among Populations of Great Basin Conifers 147
9 Fishes of the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau: Past and Present Forms 163
10 Insects of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau 211
11 Elevational Patterns of Insects in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau 230
12 Late Pleistocene and Holocene Herpetofaunas of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau 255
13 Recommendations for Future Research 277
14 Index 281
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