Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons

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Like a bright blue seam incised deep in solid rock, the Escalante River binds the fir forests of Utah's High Plateau with the barren deserts of the canyonlands region in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. To this wild landscape, naturalist Thomas Fleischner brings both emotional engagement and a wealth of knowledge. With unabashed passion and patient and learned observations Fleischner presents what he calls a "guide to understanding" this relatively unknown ...
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Like a bright blue seam incised deep in solid rock, the Escalante River binds the fir forests of Utah's High Plateau with the barren deserts of the canyonlands region in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. To this wild landscape, naturalist Thomas Fleischner brings both emotional engagement and a wealth of knowledge. With unabashed passion and patient and learned observations Fleischner presents what he calls a "guide to understanding" this relatively unknown landscape.

Integrating personal narrative and natural history, Singing Stone is ideal for curious visitors to the national monument as well as students of environmental studies. Illustrative photographs accompany an invaluable textual survey of the unique geology, flora and fauna, and human history of the region. The recent impacts of grazing and wilderness recreation and the resultant shifts in cultural values and public policy are also explored, offering a lens through which these changes, now the topic of examination and controversy throughout the New West, can be clearly seen and, it is hoped, re-evaluated.

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Fleischner, a conservation biologist and former park ranger, introduces the Escalante River region between the fir forests of Utah's High Plateau and the barren deserts of the canyonlands region in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. With unabashed passion and learned observations he presents a guide to understanding this relatively unknown landscape, integrating personal narrative and natural history. For visitors to the region and for those in environmental studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"[Fleischner's] book is not only informative and entertaining, but offers a lens through which we can examine the future of this region of Utah."—Orion

"Fleischner's book on the Escalante Canyons may have been produced by a conservation biologist, but it is written from the gut.... baiting our appetites for wilderness—and wildness—by offering us tastes of an extraordinary place.... Scientists, aesthetes, and red rock desert rats alike, rejoice! Singing Stone is both history and science, as well as an intimate encounter with a wild desert land."—Wild Earth magazine

"The reader is swiftly snapped to attention, engaged by clear, passionate writing. Fleischner guides readers on a celebration of this region's enigmas, while informing on a breadth of topics comprising the landscapes complexity."—Colorado Plateau Advocate, magazine of the Grand Canyon Trust

"Reading this book is like taking a tour with an expert guide."—Idaho Librarian

"This book is a good source of the history of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the changes it has seen over the centuries. It is structured not as a reference book, but as a guide to be read in a leisurely fashion, cover-to-cover. Fleischner does a wonderful job illustrating the delicate balance between nature and culture."—Utah Archaeology

"Well-organized, beautifully written, and thoroughly documented."—CHOICE

"Value-laden, sincere, and close to the ground."—The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874806168
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Lowe Fleischner’s articles and essays on topics pertinent to western ecology have been widely published in journals such as Conservation Biology and in books including The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Prologue: From the Oxbow xiii
1. The Terrain of Delight 3
Tales of Deep Time 12
The Soul of Stone 19
Upwarping and Downcutting 25
The Work of a River 35
2. The Texture of Life 39
The Grace of Animals 44
The Green Gift 54
Mapping Life 63
How Snakes Kiss 69
3. Walking Upright 73
Chipping Stone 78
With Blade of Chert 79
Here Comes Europe 85
In the Promised Land 90
"More Beauty Than I Can Bear" 97
4. Home on the Range? 101
A Reluctant Path Toward Policy 107
Resisting Change 118
Meanwhile, Back at the Fence 121
5. Hungry for Fun 131
The Concrete Curtain 134
Forever Wild? 140
The Governor in the Gym 148
The Fun Boom 153
Epilogue: The Evening Light Can Be Touched 165
Taxonomy of Species Mentioned in Text 167
Notes 171
References 187
Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2002

    Good Stuff

    This book was a treat to read. I really liked Mr.Fleischner's writing style. Light and easy to read while presenting all the dry ecological facts! Lots of science-based information presented in an easy to read yet comprehensive format. Of course, I may not be your typical paperback junky. If you are like me and you crave more than a sappy, verbose, predictable trash novel from the best seller list; and if you enjoy local natural history titles, you will probably like this book. Great background read to facilitate a better understanding before travelling to Escalante - Grand Staircase Natl Monument. Not your typical 'picture travelogue book', in fact there are few photos included with the text.

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