Alaska's Magnificent Parklands Author:National Geographic Society Alaska,across its vast expanse sweep nameless peaks, countless glaciers, woodlands, and tundra, where no tree grows - spacious realm for bear, caribou, whale and eagles. Alaska's Magnificent Parklands explores that realm in 13 parks, monuments, and preserves - so spacious that they span an area larger than all the national parklands in the othe... more »r 49 states. Ten are new, established in 1980 after a decade of national debate. By bush plane, kayak and raft, by helicopter and skis and weeks of backpacking, the writers and photographers of this volume discoverd what the nation preserved:
"Cautiously and antlered head emerges, followed by the neck, body, and legs of bull caribou... Soon there are dozens, then hundreds, then thousands" the fall migration in Kobuk Valley.
"Its size alone staggers the imagination: 13.s million acres, almost six Yellowstones in extent. The largest of all national parks contains the highest coastal mountains and four of the fifteen highest peaks in North America"--the lofty empire of Wrangell - St Elias.
The book also explores the impact of Alaska's other worlds, where men and women contend for oil and copper and gold, for hunting trophies and freedom to live on the land as custom dictates............and there is lots more.« less