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The world's first national park, covering a vast area of more than two million acres (8,000 square kilometers), Yellowstone is a wondrous place boasting geysers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and panoramic vistas. In addition to its scenic marvels, the park shelters America's greatest concentration of ...
The world's first national park, covering a vast area of more than two million acres (8,000 square kilometers), Yellowstone is a wondrous place boasting geysers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and panoramic vistas. In addition to its scenic marvels, the park shelters America's greatest concentration of mammals as well as large populations of birds. In fact, the park is inhabited by nearly every animal species that the explorers saw, including black and grizzly bears, bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn antelope, lynx, bobcat, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, and white pelicans.
This compact book features about 260 color photographs and maps of the park's landscapes, wildlife, and plants. The first section offers five tours of the area, illustrated by views that would be seen along these routes. The next sections are photographic portfolios of mammals, birds, trees, and flowers. The concise text highlights the park's natural history and suggests ways to explore Yellowstone. This book is both useful for planning a trip and invaluable as a memento of a cherished national park.
Other Details: 300 full-color illustrations 328 pages 4 x 4" Published 1995
The world's first and foremost park, Yellowstone is a wondrous place boasting geological, ecological, and scenic splendor.
When explorers first came upon what is now Yellowstone, it must have amazed them more than anything they had seen across our vast continent. With its 10,000 geysers and hot springs, in addition to spectacular lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and canyons, Yellowstone is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. And enough people were overwhelmed by it that, at the end of a great century in the history of mankind—a century in which a free nation's economic opportunity, development, and human rights all came together—the idea of a national park was born.
Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the first national park in the world. Since then, more than 365 other park units have been created in the U.S. National Park System, and some 120 other nations have modeled their park systems on ours, setting aside their most superlative natural and cultural resources. Yellowstone set the standard not only for our own park system, but for parks worldwide.
Now, more than a century later, Yellowstone National Park is threatened by mining, logging, and oil drilling operations just outside its borders. A proposed nearby gold mine, for example, would endanger three major watersheds of the Yellowstone River, imperil water quality within the park, and destroy habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife. The National Parks and Conservation Association is working to forestall this and other developments that threaten to degrade Yellowstone's famed wilderness character.
We, as Americans, must recognize that Yellowstone is both a treasure and a symbol, acherished part of our national heritage and a model for the world. Above all, we must commit ourselves to defending it from harm.
This book conveys Yellowstone's glorious beauty and inspirational values. We hope it will inspire you to learn about the world's first national park and help you understand its legacy.
Paul C. Pritchard
President, National Parks and Conservation Association
Author Biography: David Dunbar, the author of The Outdoor Traveler's Guide to Canada, also contributes articles to National Geographic books. Jerry Pavia's photographs appear in Creating a Garden for the Senses, as well as in other gardening books and nature publications.