Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockies: The Rocky Mountain Regions of Southern Wyoming, Colorado and Northern New Mexicoby Audrey Delella Benedict, Barbara Bash (Illustrator), J. Cohee (Editor)
Drawing from the field work of hundreds of scientists as well as her own observations, Audrey Benedict describes the geography of the region, its
This comprehensive, illustrated guide explores the natural history of the Southern Rocky Mountains a rugged area that includes the Sangre de Cristo, Sawatch, Never Summer, San Juan, and other spectacular ranges.
Drawing from the field work of hundreds of scientists as well as her own observations, Audrey Benedict describes the geography of the region, its fascinating geologic story, its climate and weather, and its plant and animal communities. The region's major ecosystems, from the shortgrass prairie and scrublands to woodlands and forests, grasslands and meadows, wetlands and aquatic environments, and finally alpine tundra, are described in detail. The emphasis throughout is on the unique adaptations of the major species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians and how these organisms interact within their environment.
More than a hundred line drawings and black-and-white photographs complement the text, contributing to this guide's usefulness both at home and in the field. Anyone visiting this scenic and richly diverse region will find the book an invaluable resource.
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