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National Geographic atlas of the National Parks
Physical Description:
431 pages : illustrrations (some color) ; 36 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Added Corporate Author:
"Profiles of 60 parks--from battlefields to national seashores--administered by the National Park Service, highlighting their diverse appeal and available outdoor activities. A brief glimpse is given of 29 additional parks, including the newly created Indiana Sand Dunes."


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The first book of its kind, this stunning atlas showcases America's spectacular park system from coast to coast, richly illustrated with an inspiring and informative collection of maps, graphics, and photographs.

From the white sand beaches of Dry Tortugas to the snowy peaks of Denali, this captivating book combines authoritative park maps with hundreds of graphics and photographs to tell the stories of America's sixty one beloved national parks. Former ranger and author Jonathan Waterman introduces readers to the country's scenic reserves and highlights the extraordinary features that distinguish each: magnificent landmarks, thriving ecosystems, representative wildlife, fascinating histories, and more. With striking imagery and state-of-the-art graphics reflecting details of wildlife, climate, culture, archaeology, recreation, and more, this lush reference provides an up-close look at what makes these lands so special--and so uniquely American. A heartfelt foreword from National Geographic CEO Gary Knell reminds us how important these lands are to our lives and our national pride.

Author Notes

JON WATERMAN is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and adventurer who has received three grants from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. In addition to exploring and documenting various parts of the United States, he is a former ranger for the National Park Service and a longtime wilderness guide. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Adventure, Outside, and Backpacker and his books include Running Dry, In the Shadow of Denali, Where Mountains Are Nameless, and Arctic Crossing , among others.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

National Geographic was integral to President Woodrow Wilson establishing the National Park Service in 1916, so it's only appropriate that they publish the first complete illustrated atlas of national parks. Brief chapters describe the tectonics that created the most notable landmarks, ecoregions that serve as sanctuaries for endangered species, and the impact of humans in and near the parks. But most readers will flip to the section on individual parks, 8-to-10-page spreads for each of the 33 parks highlighted, since that's where most of the breathtaking photography is. The parks receiving special attention were chosen primarily for their biodiversity and historical and cultural importance, and they represent the park system's greatest hits, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Dry Tortugas. Readers will find a narrative history of each park that is equal parts geological explanation and adventure story. There is a thread of conservationism throughout, as the effects of climate change and environmental legislation are frankly discussed. For the photographs alone this is a worthy purchase for both actual and armchair travelers, but the engaging text adds to its value as a reference resource.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Following coverage of the U.S. parks system as a whole, this gorgeous guide from former ranger Waterman explores all 61 national parks, 33 of them in depth. Sites in the latter group were chosen for this detailed examination because of their "scenery or features so extraordinary as to be of national importance," the same criterion, the book notes, used to establish the parks. Visitors to these wonders, as well as browsers and students in middle school and up doing assignments, will find a wealth of information on the natural history of the destinations; the flora, fauna, and geological features to be found there now; and numerous other details, from social history to vital statistics, such as location, size, and highest point. The work offers plenty of well-researched and effectively written textual material, as well as numerous crisply detailed photos, maps, and illustrations per spread, in color and black-and-white as appropriate. VERDICT The quality of this tome and its emphasis on current features make it worth a purchase even where libraries own National Geographic the National Parks: An Illustrated History.--Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, New York