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The Rockies are familiar to everyone in North America, yet few appreciate the true diversity of these mountains. This book covers the Rockies from sagebrush flats to icy tundra, and explores the range’s geological formation; its role in shaping the West; the plants and animals that form its many ecosystems; and the complex relationship between humans and the Rockies. Written in a lively, engaging style, the book features spectacular color photographs, elegant line drawings, and interesting sidebars.
Blackwell North Amer Comprehensive, detailed, and scientifically up to date, The Rockies: A Natural History is the most complete natural history of the full mountain range. Extending from northern British Columbia to the Mexican border, the Rocky Mountains are familiar to everyone in North America. Yet few people appreciate the true diversity of these mountains, which rise from hot, dusty plains to icy alpine tundra and form a 2800-kilometer (1700-mile) wall that links the cold forests of Canada to the deserts of New Mexico. The book covers the Rockies from north to south, from sagebrush flats to windswept peaks, and from their beginnings below the surface of ancient seas to their uncertain future. Written in a lively, engaging style, the text is augmented by spectacular full-color photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings. In addition, sidebars highlight species of particular interest and other topics. Both authoritative and accessible, The Rockies: A Natural History is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the splendor and diversity of these stunning mountains.