The Granite Landscape
A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite
Illustrations by Brian D. Cohen
From the author/illustrator team that produced the bestselling Reading the Forested Landscape comes this fascinating and beautiful natural history of North America's granite summit balds.
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 Yosemite-how 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
Yosemite National Park in California
"This is a natural history in the best tradition, describing how geology, geomorphology, plant community interactions, environmental forces, and human history are all interrelated. Written with a combination of scientific clarity and poetry, this book will give readers a new appreciation for life in these austere yet intricate places."
Library Journal, May 1, 2001
$19.95 (Can. $28.99)
8 x 7, 216 pages, paperback, 18 photographs, 30 illustrations, map, glossary, index