Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Iceby Gretel Ehrlich
Yellowstone, the world's first national park, was forged by fire and ice. It is a land of contradictions, exquisite beauty, and stark extremes. Geysers spew and hot spot springs boil in this land of year-round frost, bearing witness to the molten lava that lies a mere two miles below the surface. Delicate flowers bloom perilously close to pools belching clouds of sulfur and steam. Dense forest, lush meadows, vaulted canyons, and plentiful lakes, rivers, and creeks teem with life: moose, elk, deer, buffalo, ravens, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, river otters, and native trout.
In vivid and eloquent prose, essayist and naturalist Gretel Ehrlich traverses Yellowstone on foot and on horseback; shares her experiences in Yellowstone's wild country; explores its diverse, seemingly incongruous features; and chronicles its violent, volcanic birth, as well as its continuing transformation.
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This book was informative with beautiful photography of this American treasure of nature. 5 stars for photography, but 2 stars only for the book as a whole. The title of the book is an insult to me. I am an American citizen born and raised in Iceland, the true "Land of Fire and Ice" and has been referred to as such for well over 50 years. I find the lack of research into this name/title that the author/s and publisher/s tagged on this book very unprofessional. Other than the photograhic record in this book, I cannot recommend this for personal reasons. If it was researched you would have found another title of "Land of Fire and Ice" was already in use from a publication in the '70's.