The Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockies: Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Northern New Mexico


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A comprehensive field and natural history guide to the Southern Rocky Mountains.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915353
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Fulcrum Guides
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Audrey Delella Benedict is a naturalist and passionate advocate for the conservation of Colorado's mountain landscape. Audrey is the author of the acclaimed A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockes, soon to be revised and re-released by Fulcrum Publishing. She is the founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a 25-year old nonprofit educational organization.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mountains in the Clouds: The Southern Rocky Mountains 5

Ch. 2 Landscape Evolution: A Geologic Introduction 53

Ch. 3 Opening Scenes: Precambrian Landscapes 69

Ch. 4 The Paleozoic: Mountain Islands and Desert Seas 79

Ch. 5 The Mesozoic: Rising from the Sea 93

Ch. 6 The Cenezoic: The Age of Mammals 110

Ch. 7 Finishing Touches: The Quaternary 128

Ch. 8 Climate and Weather in the Southern Rockies 148

Ch. 9 The Winter Landscape 172

Ch. 10 Landscape Patterns 189

Ch. 11 Land within the Rain Shadow: The Shortgrass Prairie 199

Ch. 12 The Shrubland Tapestry: Semidesert, Sagebrush, and Mountain-Shrublands 230

Ch. 13 Living Dry: Semidesert Shrublands 240

Ch. 14 Heart of the Rain Shadow: Sagebrush Shrublands 254

Ch. 15 A Resilient Beauty: Mountain Shrublands and Gambel's Oak Woodlands 273

Ch. 16 Sun Forests: Pinon-Juniper Woodlands 291

Ch. 17 Music in the Pines: Ponderosa Pine Forests 319

Ch. 18 The Raven's Forest: Douglas-fir Forests 348

Ch. 19 Open Country: Mountain Grasslands and Meadows 364

Ch. 20 Streambank and Shoreline: Mountain Wetlands 397

Ch. 21 Riffle, Pool, and Tarn: Aquatic Ecosystems 438

Ch. 22 Leaf Dance: Aspen Forests 461

Ch. 23 The Fire Forest: Lodgepole Pine 495

Ch. 24 The Wind Forest: Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine 518

Ch. 25 The Snow Forest: Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir 537

Ch. 26 Island in the Sky: Alpine Tundra 574

Selected References 629

Index 636

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