song of the alpine the rocky mountain tundra through the seasons

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Song Of The Alpine

Author : Joyce Gellhorn
ISBN : 1555662803
Genre : History
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The high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains has been a destination and a home for Joyce Gellhorn for more than fifty years. Celebrating her life-long love for the "land above the trees" author Joyce Gellhorn takes readers on a season-by-season tour of the alpine tundra. With clear, readable prose and 140 beautiful color photographs (from her collection that spans some twenty-five years), Gellhorn reveals the subtle wonders of this haunting landscape. The plants and animals that populate this often harsh and unforgiving environment have evolved remarkable strategies for survival in their high mountain home. Faced with bitter cold, scouring winds and fierce storms, they must somehow hold on and still find water and nourishment. Gellhorn tells us how they do it, and the intricacies and precariousness of these strategies are astonishing. She writes: "The clear mountain air, the scenery, the invigorating feeling of physical activity, and the fascinating plants, animals, and insects captivated me. Through the years, these wind-blown forlorn places continue to excite me. It is their wildness, untamed and unpredictable. No matter how many times I visit the alpine, even areas I know intimately, it always shows a different face."

America S Natural Places Rocky Mountains And Great Plains

Author : Kelly Enright
ISBN : 9780313353154
Genre : Nature
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From Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas, this volume provides a snapshot of the most spectacular and important natural places in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. • Illustrations depict 50 of the most treasured landscapes in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

Longs Peak

Author : Dougald MacDonald
ISBN : 1565794974
Genre : Travel
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Avid climber Dougald MacDonald has gathered histories, hair-raising tales, and personal journeys to tell of this prominent peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Reflections on mountaineering, geology and wildlife are presented with historic images and gorgeous, full-color contemporary photography. The ten best hiking and climbing routes, plus See It Yourself activities, offer great ways for both novices and seasoned climbers to explore the great mountain.

Travels In The Greater Yellowstone

Author : Jack Turner
ISBN : 9781429939928
Genre : Nature
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Award-winning nature writer Jack Turner directs his attention to one of America's greatest natural treasures: the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Comprised of two national parks, three national wildlife refuges, parts of six national forests, and eleven wilderness areas, Greater Yellowstone is a vast array of differing environments and geographies. In a series of essays, Turner explores this wonderland, venturing on twelve separate trips in all seasons using various modes of travel: hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing lakes, floating rivers, and driving his way across the landscape. He treks down the Teton Range, picks up the Oregon Trail in the Red Desert, and floats the South Fork of the Snake River. Along the way he encounters a variety of wildlife: moose, elk, trout, and wolves. From the treacherous mountains in the dead of winter, to lush river valleys in the height of fishing season, his words and steps trace one of the most American of experiences---exploring the West. Turner, who has lived in Grand Teton for three decades, designates Greater Yellowstone as ground zero for the country's conflict between preservation and development. At a time when the battle to preserve a wild and natural environment is relentless, his accounts of the areas conflicts with alien species, logging, real estate, oil, and gas development are alarming. A mixture of adventure, nostalgia, and Americana, Turner's rare experiences and evocative writing transform the sights and sounds of Greater Yellowstone into an intimate narrative of travel through America's most beloved lands. Praise for Teewinot: "Bursting with a sense of place...a rewarding reading experience replete with ravishing observations of nature." - Publishers Weekly "...a measured luxuriance in the landscape, a love song to the natural history of a place...Turner's writing is muscular, never swaggering, and almost lyrical, summoning a Teton Range in its rightful, sublime austerity." - Kirkus Reviews "Teewinot is a rare book. The wonderful accounts of mountaineering serve as armature not only for Turner's meditative reverence for the Grand Tetons and his often evocative prose but also for an uncommon density of knowledge of place..." - Peter Matthiessen, author of Tigers in the Snow "This is, simply stated, a wonderful and utterly engaging book." - Jim Harrison, author of Dalva and The Road Home "Each place must find its muse. The Tetons have found theirs and his name is Jack Turner." - Terry Tempest Williams, author of Coyote's Canyon

America S Natural Places 5 Volumes

Author : Stacy S. Kowtko
ISBN : 9780313350894
Genre : Nature
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This timely set invites readers to celebrate the most beautiful and environmentally important places in the United States. • Covers one region per volume with entries organized by state within the volume • 200 illustrations depict America's most treasured landscapes

A Field Guide To Rocky Mountain And Southwest Forests

Author : John C. Kricher
ISBN : 0395928974
Genre : Nature
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Describes the different kinds of forests found in the southwestern United States and identifies and describes the plants and animals found in each habitat

Snow Ecology

Author : H. G. Jones
ISBN : 0521584833
Genre : Reference
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Originally published in 2001, Snow Ecology was the first book to integrate the study of snow and ice in the physical, chemical and biological sciences into a multidisciplinary overview of life in, on and under snow. The book opens up a perspective on snow cover as a habitat for organisms under extreme environmental conditions and as a key factor in the ecology of much of the earth's surface. Acknowledged experts in the disciplines that constitute snow science provide an understanding of the interrelationships between snow structure and life. It will form a useful textbook for advanced courses in biology, ecology, geography, environmental science and earth science where an important component is devoted to the study of the cryosphere. It will also be useful as a reference text for graduate students, researchers and professionals at academic institutions and in government and non-governmental agencies with environmental concerns.

Colorado S Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Author : Tom Wolf
ISBN : UVA:X002685212
Genre : Business & Economics
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Wolf (Southwest studies, Colorado College; Society of American Foresters) shows how the Sangre de Cristo Mountains' recent Wilderness designation may weaken links between their ecology and the economies of the surrounding human communities. He examines the environmental history of the Sangres' large

1998 Rocky Mountain National Park Seasonal Handbook

Author : United States. National Park Service
ISBN : MINN:31951D01752690F
Genre : National parks and reserves
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Weather Pioneers

Author : Phyllis Smith
ISBN : UCAL:B4532883
Genre : Nature
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At 14,110 feet, the weather station atop Pikes Peak, Colorado, was the highest in the world in 1873. Young men trained by the Signal Corps took turns living year-round on the isolated mountain, where they endured loneliness, primitive living conditions, lack of financial support and appreciation, and deteriorating health. Most did so with dedication and good humor. Some suffered frostbitten hands, feet and ears when they became lost on the snowy mountain trail; others were jolted by lightning strikes. One man eventually died; another, evidently unsuited to the solitary life, went mad. Although weather records had been kept by private individuals and some universities since the early 1800s both here and abroad, a full U.S. weather reporting service had to await development and expansion of the electric telegraph. Both farmers and coastal shippers pressed the U.S. Congress to establish a weather prediction facility. By 1870 a network of such stations was in place. By late summer of 1873, workmen had finished the crude two-room station at the top of Pikes Peak. A telegraph line snaked through brush, trees, and boulders to the lofty summit. When daily logs and research records were completed, some of the Pikes Peak weather men amused themselves by writing tall tales, expanding on their already unusual adventures. Americans loved their stories and seldom disavowed the truth of sea monsters in Pikes Peak lakes, plagues of mountain rats, and mysterious volcanic eruptions. Their problems with governmental bureaucracy were at once humorous and sad. With fortitude and imagination these early meteorologists laid the groundwork for today's sophisticated science of data-gathering satellites and computer models.

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