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The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History

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Comprising approximately 730 square miles and over half a million residents, the Lehigh Valley is the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Much is known about the industrial history of the valley (home to Bethlehem Steel, Mack Trucks, and Crayola crayons). But few have discovered the valley’s natural history: the "endless" Blue Mountain, the spectacular raptor migrations, the wetlands and watercourses. The Lehigh Valley explores the land and the natural forces and human history that have altered it.

From boulder fields to water gaps, from sinkholes to limestone caves, the valley has long had a powerful influence on the lives of its residents—and the people have had a similarly powerful effect on the valley; the text features brief profiles of some of the people who have shaped the environmental history of the area. The authors also include directions to historical and natural sites, and the book’s illustrations aid visitors and naturalists in identifying the region’s abundance of flora and fauna. The Lehigh Valley is a unique combination of narrative natural history, identification handbook, and travel and hiking guide. Mountain laurel, red-tailed hawks, dusky salamanders: The Lehigh Valley not only shows us what resides in this beautiful and bountiful valley, but also explains why.

This illustrated guide surveys the valley’s ecology, geology, history, and agriculture—and is complemented by maps and drawings of the area’s plant and animal life. The Lehigh Valley will appeal to area residents, amateur naturalists, and Pennsylvania visitors with an interest in natural history.

Book News Annotation:

This handsomely-bound volume presents an accessibly written natural and environmental history of The Lehigh Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania. Halma (Cedar Crest College) and Oplinger (Muhlenberg College) describe the valley's geological and human history; its climate, native vegetation, agriculture, forests, wetlands, and animals; and environmental legislation affecting the region. The text is accompanied by illustrations of the flora and fauna by author Halma and Lori Peters. The common names of plants and animals and the English system of measurement are used; scientific names are found in the appendix.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Comprising approximately 730 square miles and over half a million residents, the Lehigh Valley is the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Much is known about the industrial history of the valley (home to Bethlehem Steel, Mack Trucks, and Crayola crayons). But few have discovered the valley’s natural history: the "endless" Blue Mountain, the spectacular raptor migrations, the wetlands and watercourses. The Lehigh Valley explores the land and the natural forces and human history that have altered it.

From boulder fields to water gaps, from sinkholes to limestone caves, the valley has long had a powerful influence on the lives of its residents—and the people have had a similarly powerful effect on the valley; the text features brief profiles of some of the people who have shaped the environmental history of the area. The authors also include directions to historical and natural sites, and the book’s illustrations aid visitors and naturalists in identifying the region’s abundance of flora and fauna. The Lehigh Valley is a unique combination of narrative natural history, identification handbook, and travel and hiking guide. Mountain laurel, red-tailed hawks, dusky salamanders: The Lehigh Valley not only shows us what resides in this beautiful and bountiful valley, but also explains why.

This illustrated guide surveys the valley’s ecology, geology, history, and agriculture—and is complemented by maps and drawings of the area’s plant and animal life. The Lehigh Valley will appeal to area residents, amateur naturalists, and Pennsylvania visitors with an interest in natural history.

About the Author

Robert Halma is Professor of Biology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.

Carl S. Oplinger is Professor of Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271020938
Author:
Halma, Robert
Author:
Oplinger, Carl S.
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Natural history -- Pennsylvania.
Subject:
Lehigh River Valley (Pa.)
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
The Lehigh Valley
Subject:
A Natural and Environmental History
Subject:
Robert Halma
Subject:
Carl S. Oplinger
Subject:
0-271-02093-8
Subject:
0-271-02094-6
Subject:
Allentown
Subject:
Bethlehem
Subject:
Easton
Subject:
Bethlehem Steel
Subject:
Mack trucks.
Subject:
Crayola crayons
Subject:
Blue Mountain
Subject:
raptor migrations
Subject:
wetlands watercourses
Subject:
boulder fields
Subject:
water gaps
Subject:
Sinkholes.
Subject:
limestone caves
Subject:
Flora
Subject:
Fauna
Subject:
identification handbook
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
hiking guide
Subject:
Mountain laurel
Subject:
red-tailed hawks
Subject:
dusky salamanders
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
Drawings
Subject:
Plant
Subject:
animal life
Edition Description:
Library binding
Series:
A Keystone Book ®
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
LIBRARY BOUND
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.16 in 1.75 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Comprising approximately 730 square miles and over half a million residents, the Lehigh Valley is the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Much is known about the industrial history of the valley (home to Bethlehem Steel, Mack Trucks, and Crayola crayons). But few have discovered the valley’s natural history: the "endless" Blue Mountain, the spectacular raptor migrations, the wetlands and watercourses. The Lehigh Valley explores the land and the natural forces and human history that have altered it.

From boulder fields to water gaps, from sinkholes to limestone caves, the valley has long had a powerful influence on the lives of its residents—and the people have had a similarly powerful effect on the valley; the text features brief profiles of some of the people who have shaped the environmental history of the area. The authors also include directions to historical and natural sites, and the book’s illustrations aid visitors and naturalists in identifying the region’s abundance of flora and fauna. The Lehigh Valley is a unique combination of narrative natural history, identification handbook, and travel and hiking guide. Mountain laurel, red-tailed hawks, dusky salamanders: The Lehigh Valley not only shows us what resides in this beautiful and bountiful valley, but also explains why.

This illustrated guide surveys the valley’s ecology, geology, history, and agriculture—and is complemented by maps and drawings of the area’s plant and animal life. The Lehigh Valley will appeal to area residents, amateur naturalists, and Pennsylvania visitors with an interest in natural history.

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