"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