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Crown Jewels: Five Great National Parks Around the World and the Challenges They Face


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Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the national park movement has spread quickly and internationally. There are now over seven thousand national parks in 140 countries, and these numbers continue to grow. But national parks are facing new challenges in the modern age, such as rapid environmental change, the worldwide recession, and political pressures of varying degrees. In this richly illustrated and beautifully designed volume, Randolph Delehantypresents a diverse group of national parks from the United States, East Africa, Italy, Australia, Amazonia, and Tibet. Originally published to coincide with an exhibition at the Presidio of San Francisco, this book is organized into portraits of each park, complete with gorgeous images from internationally renowned photographers and incisive analyses by park experts from each region. Serving as both a testament to the beauty of the natural world and a timely call to action, Crown Jewels shows us that the world’s stunning national parks are an irreplaceable resource with an uncertain future—and all of us are key to securing that future.

About the Author

Randolph Delehanty is a historian and exhibitions curator at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was the founding director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and has taught at San Francisco State University. He is the author of books on California, the American West, and the South.

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U.S. National Parks and Protected Areas: Past, Present, and Future

      Randolph Delehanty

Chang Tang Nature Reserve, China: Nature Reserves, Wildlife, and Pastoralists in Tibet

      George B. Schaller

Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania: Prospects, Problems, and Progress

      John F. R. Bower

National Archeological Parks of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Boscoreale, and Oplontis, Italy: Mass Tourism, Pleasures, and Politics in the Shadow of Vesuvius

      Judith Harris

Alto Orinoco-Casiquaire Biosphere Reserve, Venezuela, and Yanomami Territory, Brazil: National Reserves and the Yanomami People in the Amazonian Rainforest

      Fiona Watson and Joanna Eede

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia: National Parks, Changes in Perception, and Hyper-Reality

      Celmara Pocock

Changes in the Scientific Understanding of Nature: Can National Parks Be Preserved “Unimpaired”?

      Randolph Delehanty

Appendix: The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Definitions of Protected Areas



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Delehanty, Randolph (edt)
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Delehanty, Randolph
Environmental Conservation & Protection
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