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Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin

edited by Kimball T. Harper, Larry L. St. Clair, Kaye H. Thorne, and Wilford M. Hess

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"The editors of this fascinating and informative portrayal of the physical and biological attributes of Nevada, Utah, and western Colorado provide detailed descriptions of the area's natural history and resources. . . . A well-written book, replete with factual information, for resource professionals and students working or interested in the region's natural resources. Strongly recommended."

"This is a valuable reference book for anyone interested in the natural resources of Utah, Nevada, northern Arizona, and western Colorado."
—Books of the Southwest


The remote Colorado Plateau and Great Basin portions of the Intermountain West are areas of spectacular natural beauty and diversity. Due to inaccessibility, however, scientific study of many aspects of the region's natural history has lagged.

Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin provides an up-to-date summary of the region's geology, climates, and biology, including thorough treatments of the area's insects, fish, and reptiles. Also discussed are the ecology and distribution of prehistoric human cultures in the region; how modern humans have used (and abused) resources in the Intermountain West; and the impact of post-Pleistocene environmental changes on genetics of disjunct populations of conifer trees.

Written by a diverse group of acknowledged experts, Natural History of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin offers invaluable background information for all students and resource managers who want to work in or visit the Intermountain West.

Contributors: Christopher J. Bell, Donald K. Grayson, J.L. Hamrick, Kimball T. Harper, W.M. Hess, Richard H. Jackson, Jim I. Mead, Thomas H. Morris, C. Riley Nelson, Kenneth Lee Petersen, Larry L. St. Clair, Andrew F. Schnabel, John W. Sigler, William F. Sigler, Melissa A. Stubben, Kaye H. Thorne, Steven D. Warren, P.V. Wells, James D. Wilde, James A. Young


Kimball T. Harper received a B.S. Brigham Young University, 1958-Agronomy; M.S. Brigham Young University, 1960-Botany; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1963-Botany. Faculty, University of Utah, 1963-1973; Faculty, Brigham Young University 1976-1996; Botany Scholar in Residence, Utah Valley University, 2000-present. Recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Achievement Award, Brigham Young University, 1985; the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award, Brigham Young University, 1994; Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Research and Creative Arts Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, President's Pubic Service Award by The Nature Conservancy, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Published hundreds of articles in professional journals and coauthored several books and book chapters. Mentored dozens of graduate students who are now contributing scientists in their various fields.

Larry L. St. Clair is director and curator of Nonvascular Cryptogams at M.L. Bean Life Science Museum and professor of biology at Brigham Young University.

Kaye H. Thorne was a faculty member in the Department of Botany and Range Science at Brigham Young University.

Wilford M. Hess was a professor of botany and range science at Brigham Young University.

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  • Paperback Price: $29.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87081-511-9
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Kimball T. Harper, Larry L. St. Clair, Kaye H. Thorne, and Wilford M. Hess
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-511-9
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