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Reflections of Grand Canyon Historians: Ideas, Arguments, and First-Person Accounts
by Berger, Todd R

9781934656006Todd R. Berger (Editor)Reflections of Grand Canyon Historians: Ideas, Arguments, and First-Person AccountsIn January 2007, hundreds of historians, witnesses to history, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service employees, hikers, river runners, and history buffs gathered on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for the second Grand Canyon History Symposium. The symposium came alive with thirty-six presentations on topics from new evidence about the Powell expedition to rarely published reflections on Hopi cultural connections to the Grand Canyon to a robust debate on whether James White did or did not raft through the canyon in 1867. Reflections of Grand Canyon Historians collects thirtytwo papers based on the presentations at the symposium, offering an offbeat anthology of Grand Canyon history. Readers will find this a thought-provoking and entertaining book, a unique collection of historical events tied to the Crown Jewel of the National Park System. Accessible to lay readers, Reflections of Grand Canyon Historians will challenge your thinking while filling your mind with cowboys, hermits, towering figures in conservation history, near-naked river runners, honored veterans, visionary naturalists, and shutter-happy mule wranglers. The book will fascinate anyone interested in the history of the Southwest and of America's national parks. - Description from Syndetics

Grand Canyon Geology
by Beus, Stanley S; Morales, Michael

9780195122992Stanley S. Beus; Michael MoralesGrand Canyon GeologyThis second edition of the leading book on Grand Canyon geology contains the most recent discoveries and interpretations of the origin and history of the canyon. It includes two entirely new chapters: one on debris flow in the Canyon and one on the impact of water flow releases from the Glen Canyon Dam. All chapters have been updated where necessary and all photographs have been replaced or re-screened for better resolution. Written by acknowledged experts in stratigraphy, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology, volcanism and seismology, this book offers a wealth of information for geologists and general readers interested in acquiring an understanding of the geological history of this great natural wonder. - Description from Syndetics

The National Parks: America's Best Idea
by Duncan, Dayton; Burns, Ken

9780307268969Dayton Duncan; Ken BurnsThe National Parks: America's Best IdeaThe companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War. America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters--both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams--who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. - Description from Syndetics

I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People
by Hirst, Stephen

9780938216865Stephen HirstI Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai PeopleI Am the Grand Canyon is the story of the Havasupai people. From their origins among the first group of Indians to arrive in North America some 20,000 years ago to their epic struggle to regain traditional lands taken from them in the nineteenth century, the Havasupai have a long and colorful history. The story of this tiny tribe once confined to a toosmall reservation depicts a people with deep cultural ties to the land, both on their former reservation below the rim of the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus. In the spring of 1971, the federal government proposed incorporating still more Havasupai land into Grand Canyon National Park. At hearings that spring, Havasupai Tribal Chairman Lee Marshall rose to speak. "I heard all you people talking about the Grand Canyon," he said. "Well, you're looking at it. I am the Grand Canyon!" Marshall made it clear that Havasu Canyon and the surrounding plateau were critical to the survival of his people; his speech laid the foundation for the return of thousands of acres of Havasupai land in 1975. I Am the Grand Canyon is the story of a heroic people who refused to back down when facing overwhelming odds. They won, and today the Havasupai way of life quietly continues in the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus. - Description from Syndetics

Condors in Canyon Country
by Osborn, Sophie A. H

9780938216988Sophie A. H. OsbornCondors in Canyon Country: The Return of the California Condor to the Grand Canyon RegionTen thousand years ago, the California condor's shadow raced across the rock faces of canyon walls throughout the Southwest, but, over time, the majestic condor disappeared from this land--seemingly forever. Last seen in northern Arizona in 1924, the California condor was on the brink of extinction. In the early 1980s, scientists documented only twenty-two condors remaining in the wild, all in California. Thanks to a successful captive-breeding program, their numbers have increased dramatically, and dozens now fly free over northern Arizona and southern Utah. Sophie A. H. Osborn's groundbreaking book, Condors in Canyon Country, tells the tragic but ultimately triumphant story of the condors of the Grand Canyon region. A natural storyteller, Osborn has written an in-depth, highly personal narrative that brings you along as the author and other condor biologists struggle to ensure the survival of the species. The book's kaleidoscopic photographs of these huge birds flying free over the Southwest are nearly as breathtaking as seeing California condors live. The only book of its kind, Condors in Canyon Country is a must-read for anyone passionate about endangered species and what humankind can do to save them. - Description from Syndetics

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
by Owen, David

9781594633775David OwenWhere the Water Goes: Life and Death along the Colorado RiverThe Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.-Mexico border where the river runs dry. Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve- just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on. The story Owen tells in Where the Water Goes is crucial to our future- how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert, and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails. Praise for David Owen's Green Metropolis- - Description from Syndetics

The Grand Canyon: Native People and Early Visitors
by Shields, Kenneth D

9780738500317Stampolous; Kenneth ShieldsGrand Canyon: Native People and Early VisitorsUnlike appreciating America's other natural wonders such as waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, or prairies, one must struggle to absorb, assimilate, and comprehend the Grand Canyon's tremendous scale. Captured here in over 250 vintage images is the human drama of survival and coexistence in the canyon, from the native tribes who struggled with life on the rim, to the pioneers who came to foster and manipulate the early tourist industry in America's oldest natural resource. Covering the tribes that called the canyon home and the seekers who flocked to the area to find their fortune in gold and tourism, author Kenneth Shields exposes the human layers so often overlooked. Seen here are the native tribes who survived the harshest conditions of the canyon, including the Hopi, Havasupai, Navajo, and Paiute. Readers will recognize the images of popular tourist spots like the El Tovar Hotel and the Navajo Bridge, as well as the early conservationist faces of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. - Description from Syndetics

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography
by Trimble, Stephen

9780873588942Stephen TrimbleLasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon PhotographyOne of the most photographed subjects on earth, Grand Canyon continues to inspire awe, admiration, and frustration for those who attempt to capture its majestry on film. From nineteenth century pioneer photographers using glass plate negatives to the twenty-first century's artful digital images, Canyon photography has loomed large in our nation's creative psyche for the past 125 years. The Canyon's immensity transcends the human scale and presents unsurpassed opportunities and obstacles to those who try to render it photographically. Included are captivating essays from twenty-one of the finest contempory Grand Canyon photographers to help tell the Canyon's photographic tale. 115 photos. - Description from Syndetics

The Mighty Colorado River
by Turner, Jim

9781940322049Jim TurnerThe Mighty Colorado River: From the Glaciers to the GulfHere is your chance to take a trip down one of the world's great rivers from its first trickle to its broad delta. Remarkable photographs show the West's natural wonders, tracing the Colorado River and its major tributary, the Green River, from beginning to end. The rivers flow through many habitats from treeless tundra to coastal desert, encompassing millions of years of geological history. On their way to the sea, the Colorado and the Green bend through more than a dozen national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas, and nourish wildlife from majestic moose to fifty-pound trout to tiny lizards. Enjoy descriptions of river communities and some of the best fishing holes and recreation areas along the way, as well as facts about glaciers, dinosaurs, miners, and mountain men. Ride along (staying dry all the way) through the vast Colorado River Basin, which covers more land area than Spain and Portugal combined, and of course through the unforgettable colors and vistas of the grandest canyon on earth. - Description from Syndetics

The Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon
by Ward, Greg

9781848367449Greg Ward; Rough Guides StaffThe Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon The Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon is the definitive practical guide to America's greatest natural wonder. It explores this stunning natural attraction and the surrounding area in its entirety; from the ruggedly beautiful inner canyon and the famous viewpoints of the North and South rims to the turquoise waters of Havasu Falls and the lively gateway town of Flagstaff. It will guide you to remote turquoise waterfalls and the dramatic new Skywalk on the neighbouring Havasupai and Hualapai reservations, and the sublime slot canyons of northern Arizona. Informative reviews will guide you to the best places to eat, drink and stay in each area, for every budget. Step-by-step advice will help you make the most of awe-inspiring hiking trails, rafting on the Colorado River and more. With its custom-designed maps and extensive photographs, it's the perfect companion for any Grand Canyon adventure. Make the most of your time on earth with The Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon . - Description from Syndetics

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