The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite

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Countryman Press, 2001 - Nature - 203 pages
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This fascinating new book focuses on a rare and dramatic landscape: the granite summit balds of North American mountains. Tom Wessels synthesizes history, geology, biology, and personal narrative to enhance our understanding and appreciation of these high, wild places. He explores the unique and fragile ecosystem that is common to exposed granite expanses from Acadia to Yosemitehow it evolved slowly over millennia, and how it is threatened today by foot traffic and overuse. Wessels' dramatic photographs and Brian Cohen's beautifully detailed illustrations bring the denizens of the granite bald to life. The mountains they celebrate include: Acadia National Park in Maine; the White Mountains of New Hampshire; the Adirondacks of New York; the Wind Rivers of Wyoming; the Beartooths of Montana; the Enchantments of Washington; and Yosemite National Park in California. 18 black & white photographs, 30 illustrations, 1 map, glossary, index.

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User Review  - imsodion - LibraryThing

I have now learned a few things about granite that are interesting enough for me to have read almost the entire book. Wessels style is quite accessible to the novice and he shares his knowledge in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lizzy - Goodreads

really interesting review on the geologic history of granite and how many of the us mountain ranges were formed. fascinating exploration of their ecology Read full review

About the author (2001)

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and the author of Reading theForested Landscape and Forest Forensics .He is the director of the Environmental Biology program at Antioch New England Graduate School.

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