The Poconos: An Illustrated Natural History Guide

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Rutgers University Press, 2006 - Nature - 342 pages
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The Poconos, a rich plateau nestled in northeastern Pennsylvania between the Delaware River and the Moosic Mountains, encompass a variety of alluring features. The perfect reference for amateur naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and others who wish to explore the area, this classic guide clearly explains the unique geographic characteristics, animal habits and habitats, climate, geology, and vegetation of the area.

The authors trace the region from its beginnings millions of years ago as part of a shallow sea, through the reshaping forces of great glaciers, to today's roadways and turnpikes. This revised and expanded edition also includes brief profiles of individuals who played significant roles in the preservation or understanding of the area's ecology. Chapters provide a general survey of the area, including its history and places to be explored and observed, information on forest types, wildlife, and aquatic habitats, updated facts and figures on animal populations, as well as new details on invasive species.

Throughout the book, numerous boxes direct readers to observatory points for specific birds, ecosystems, vegetation types, and geological features, while maps, tables, original pen-and-ink illustrations, and a select list of field guides and other references enhance the book's appeal. An indispensable companion for visitors as well as residents, The Poconos is a must-read for everyone who wants to discover or better understand the beauty and natural history of this unique region.

 

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Contents

Pocono patterns
9
Geological forces that shaped the Poconos
28
Valley Tunnel
51
Vegetation of Pocono forests
54
Animals of Pocono forests
97
Watercourse and wetland communities
149
Roadsides waste places and invasive species
212
Human activity from Native Americans to vacationers
234
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
270
Nomenclature
283
Selected readings and source material 31 7
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About the author (2006)

Carl Oplinger is professor emeritus at Muhlenberg College. Throughout his forty-one years there, he taught courses in zoology, ecology, and environmental science. For several decades, he conducted courses in marine ecology at The Bermuda Biological Station. He lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Robert Halma taught botany, ecology, and geology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Today he is retired as professor emeritus and curator of the college's arboretum.

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