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National Parks Guide U.S.A. (National Geographic Kids)by Sarah Wassner Flynn
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America's National Parks are protected places and have become living museums for as many as 270 million visitors per year! In addition, researchers are able to perform long term studies of a wide number of subjects fromand#160;salamanders the size of thumbnails to giganticand#160;geothermal geysers. These parks are natural laboratories for scientists. Did you know that Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits on top of an active (and very large) volcano? This volcano is monitored and studied on a daily basis, not only as a means of protection (though it seems a long way off from erupting) but also as a way of understanding how the environment changes and influences what goes onand#160;deep underground.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The scientists profiled in The Park Scientists also study grizzly bears in Yellowstone, the majestic Sagauro catci in Arizona, and fireflies in Tennessee --and#160;and suggestand#160;many ways for the average reader of any age to help out. The emphasis here is twofold: the great science that happens everyday in these important, protected spaces, and the fact that you can visit all of them and participate in the research.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; It's backyard science at its biggest and best in this latest resourceful addition to the Scientists in the Field series!
The national parks have been called "America's best idea" — and some of the best scientific ideas are happening right now inside these protected American spaces that welcome more than 270 million visitors each year. Meet up with scientists studying geysers, grizzlies, salamanders, cacti, and fireflies in some of America's most treasured places: our national parks. Another great addition toand#160;the Scientists in the Field series for ages 10 to 14.
More than two hundred million people visited our national parks in 2009. National parks are some of America's most treasured places, and the National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. is the perfect way to bring the fun and amazement of these majestic places to kids. Divided by region, (Northeast & Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West), this guide is both accessible and tons of fun. NG Kids color treatments, full-color photographs, and layering of information make information jump off the page. Features include tips on exploration, information about animals, sidebars, checklists, fun facts, maps, cool things to do, and much more. Conservation information, a find out more section, glossary, and index add ample back matter to round out this book.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mary Kay Carson began her writing career working on the classroom magazine SuperScience at Scholastic, Inc. in New York City in 1991. She has been a fulltime freelance writer for the past dozen years and is now the author of dozens of books for kids and teachers about space, weather, nature, and other science and social studies topics. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.Tom Uhlman has been a freelance photographer for 25 years. He photographs lot of news and sporting events, but enjoys shooting pictures of wildlife and the natural world most of all. Tom's photographs can also be seen inotherandnbsp;Scientists in the Field books Eruption, Emi and the Rhino Scientist, and The Bat Scientists.
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