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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520271556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520271555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* What began as an Advanced Cartography class project at the University of Oregon in 2003 has resulted in a visually stunning and readable reference. Modeling their approach on the Atlas of Oregon (2001), this book’s authors and editors imagined a work that would illustrate the interconnected stories of the greater Yellowstone area (Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks) and translate a wealth of scientific data for professional and lay readers. The underlying theme is that Yellowstone is connected and dynamic, that it results from the interaction of humans and nature, and that it is important educationally and economically. Information is presented in two-page spreads—mostly maps, with only a few paragraphs of text. These are arranged in five sections. “Geographic Setting” includes the historical background and creation of national parks. “Human Geography” covers archaeological sites, various American Indian cultures, early maps and artists, roads and traffic, economy (labor, income, agriculture), and population. “Physical Geography”—the longest section—includes topography; geology; volcanic,hydrothermal and geothermal activity; lakes and streams; rainfall and temperature; and vegetation.The “Wildlife” section (bears, wolves, coyotes, bison, elk, fish, dinosaurs, and a species list) is fascinating, with such data as causes of elk-calf mortality and seasonal bison distribution. The invaluable “Reference Maps” section features more than 50 pages of topographic maps of greater Yellowstone (many created for this work), national park reference maps, and a gazetteer. The book ends with place-names, sources, and a thorough index. Contributing experts and at least two sources of data are provided for every topic. Sources include government documents, subject-related journals, and some unpublished research. The authors, with support from their universities and Yellowstone, have succeeded in creating a unique work that presents a wealth of scientific data in an accessible style. (Only a few terms—e.g., thermophiles—may be challenging to someone without a science background.) More than 500 maps, photos—including aerial and satellite imagery—and charts make this necessary for any collection in the West, and most academic and public libraries will want a copy, too. --Susan Gooden

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“A must have for fans of Yellowstone National Park!”
(Ian Paulsen The Guardian 2012-06-03)

“A great resource, one you can either sit down with to explore one facet of this intriguing region at a time, or use to find an answer to a question about Yellowstone.”
(Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler 2012-07-03)

“I learned more about the forces shaping America’s first national park and its sister preserve, Grand Teton National Park, in this single book than I have from any other reference guide in recent years.”
(Todd Wilkinson Jackson Hole News & Guide/Daily 2012-07-04)

“This thoroughly researched volume is especially suited for academics and historians, but would be equally at home in the library of anyone who wants to research the depths of America's oldest national park.”
(High Country News 2012-08-20)

“A visually stunning and readable reference . . . More than 500 maps, photos—including aerial and satellite imagery—and charts make this necessary for any collection in the West, and most academic and public libraries will want a copy, too.” STARRED REVIEW
(Susan Gooden Booklist 2012-09-15)

“Whether you’re planning a visit or looking for a gift for a park enthusiast, this atlas has something for everyone.”
(Katya Slater-Szirom Alaska Airlines Mag 2012-09-01)

“The atlas touches on just about anything one could want to know about Yellowstone, from how the geysers work to where the bears are. It will keep anyone who loves maps, charts and data tables turning pages long into the night.”
(Terry Richard Portland Oregonian 2012-09-27)

“If there’s something you want to know about Yellowstone, this is the place to look . . . the concentration and quality of information in this book is unmatched, and is a must-have for Yellowstone lovers everywhere.”
(Dave Reuss Outside Bozeman Magazine 2012-10-01)

“Given the national nature of Yellowstone and the outstanding quality of this atlas, all academic libraries should acquire it.”
(T. Dolence, Minnesota State University Moorhead Choice 2012-12-01)

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It's simply beautiful.
marmo
The University of California Press will probably lose their shirts on this one, and we all should be grateful for that.
goatherder33
Great layout and very well done.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By marmo on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Clear everything off the coffee table for this one, and be prepared to spend hours curled up in your favorite chair. This sort of publication is a rare gem: part map atlas, part encyclopedia and part guidebook to one of the World's great natural wonders.

Modern cartography and data visualization is a tedious but wonderful field. This book showcases spectacular maps, illustrations, charts, and graphs that tell the story of Yellowstone in an engrossing way, bringing together knowledge from biologists and geologists that know and love the Park.

If you love Yellowstone and have always wanted to learn more about the plants, animals, and physical geography of the land, pick up a copy of the Atlas. It's simply beautiful.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By goatherder33 on June 3, 2012
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This isn't a book for the typical Yellowstone tourist. This Atlas is for those with a serious interest in the Greater Yellowstone region. It's a classic that will be referenced a 100 years from now.
A beautiful book that deserves more than five stars. The University of California Press will probably lose their shirts on this one, and we all should be grateful for that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda on November 13, 2012
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this is an excellent book for the Yellowstone lover who really wants to know more. The breadth and depth of information is outstanding. Although highly detailed, the book is clearly and well written. IT's the perfect gift for a person interested in Yellowstone or more generally in the natural world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Scheid on April 6, 2013
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This is an outstanding reference. As a director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, this book should be very helpful to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Winfield on January 5, 2013
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An excellent compilation of GIS information covering natural history, demographics, science, and land use. The illustrations and narrative are well presented and easily understood. I highly recommend this Atlas for anyone wanting a complete Yellowstone National Park reference.
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