The Traprock Landscapes of New England: Environment, History, and Culture by Peter M. LeTourneauThe Traprock Landscapes of New England: Environment, History, and Culture by Peter M. LeTourneau

The Traprock Landscapes of New England: Environment, History, and Culture

byPeter M. LeTourneau, Robert Pagini

Paperback | January 10, 2017

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Stunning photography and fact-filled text reveal new perspectives on southern New England's most unique natural region. A picturesque journey through the traprock highlands from New Haven, Connecticut to Amherst, Massachusetts, this book captures the majesty of wild windswept cliffs, panoramic summit vistas, and intimate details of the natural world through the eyes of an artist and the mind of a scientist. By tracing the influence of natural history on cultural development in the Connecticut Valley, the authors present a compelling argument that the rocky highlands are landscapes of national significance, where the particular combination of geology, geography, water resources, climate, and human settlement fostered vital developments in Early American science, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and the creative arts. Through vibrant color photographs of high alpine crags and lush forests, thundering waterfalls and splashing cascades, and close-up views of the rocks, flowers, and birds, The Traprock Landscapes of New England presents the incomparable beauty of the region as never before. Overflowing with information, long-time fans, first-time visitors, nature lovers, rock climbers, history buffs, land use managers, and many others will find plenty to satisfy in the detailed text and captions, crisp photos, historical images, informative maps, and more. Showcasing popular locales, and revealing “secret spots,” this must-have resource will encourage old friends and newcomers alike to visit the rugged crags once called “the boldest and most beautiful” landscapes in New England.
PETER M. LETOURNEAU is an environmental science educator, a research affiliate of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, and visiting scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University. Dr. LeTourneau has studied the Connecticut Valley for more than three decades, and has presente...
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Title:The Traprock Landscapes of New England: Environment, History, and CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819576824

ISBN - 13:9780819576828

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Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Terminology and Usage
Welcome to Traprock Country
Rising in Shapes of Endless Variety: Geography of the Traprock Highlands
Born of Fire: Traprock Geology
Sky Islands: Ecology and Water Resources
A Valley of Extreme Beauty and Great Extent: Traprock Landscapes and Legacy
These Mural Cliffs: Sculpted by Nature, Painted by Time
So Fine a Prospect: Landscapes of National Significance
Appendix: Places to Visit in Traprock Country
Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

Stunning photography and fact-filled text reveal new perspectives on southern New England's most unique natural region. A picturesque journey through the traprock highlands from New Haven, Connecticut to Amherst, Massachusetts, this book captures the majesty of wild windswept cliffs, panoramic summit vistas, and intimate details of the natural world through the eyes of an artist and the mind of a scientist. By tracing the influence of natural history on cultural development in the Connecticut Valley, the authors present a compelling argument that the rocky highlands are landscapes of national significance, where the particular combination of geology, geography, water resources, climate, and human settlement fostered vital developments in Early American science, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and the creative arts. Through vibrant color photographs of high alpine crags and lush forests, thundering waterfalls and splashing cascades, and close-up views of the rocks, flowers, and birds, The Traprock Landscapes of New England presents the incomparable beauty of the region as never before. Overflowing with information, long-time fans, first-time visitors, nature lovers, rock climbers, history buffs, land use managers, and many others will find plenty to satisfy in the detailed text and captions, crisp photos, historical images, informative maps, and more. Showcasing popular locales, and revealing “secret spots,” this must-have resource will encourage old friends and newcomers alike to visit the rugged crags once called “the boldest and most beautiful” landscapes in New England.“I’ve wandered every mile of this magnificent range, and this book celebrates these mountains and surrounding valleys wonderfully. With evocative text, well-researched ancient and modern history, and the most beautiful photos of the range I have seen, this book belongs to everyone who reveres—and might be curious about—this sublime landscape.” - Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society