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Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard

By: Mary Kay Carson

Illustrator: Tom Uhlman

Rare synchronous fireflies and red-cheeked salamanders, found nowhere else in the world, are just two of the unique subjects scientists are studying in U.S. national parks. Glossary. Quote sources and selected bibliography. Index. Full-color maps, charts, and photographs.
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ISBN: 9780547792682


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Topics: U ,S , park rangers , U ,S , park naturalists , Interpretation of U ,S , cultural and natural resources , Yellowstone National Park , Geysers , Hydrothermal systems , Geology and geologists , Grizzly bears , Wildlife biology and biologists , Saguaro National Park , Gila monsters , Telemetry , Herpetology and herpetologists , Saguaro cacti , Citizen scientists , Great Smoky Mountains Natural Park , Red-cheeked salamanders , Evolutionary ecology and ecologists , Synchronous fireflies , Entomology and entomologists , Scientific research and discoveries

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Awards & Honors

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2015

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Although most of us think about our national parks in terms of their stunning natural vistas and opportunities for outdoor adventures, they also host numerous scientific research projects. Carson takes readers to three of the parks—Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smoky Mountains—and introduces us to a collection of scientists, including Although most of us think about our national parks in terms of their stunning natural vistas and opportunities for outdoor adventures, they also host numerous scientific research projects. Carson takes readers to three of the parks—Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smoky Mountains—and introduces us to a collection of scientists, including university researchers, park rangers, volunteers, and even high-school students. Their wide-ranging investigations of the geology, ecology, and biology of each region include mapping the range and diet of grizzly bears, counting and measuring cacti, documenting changes in hydrothermal activity, and understanding the evolution of salamanders through differences in their DNA. The focus is on not just the science itself but also the methods of investigation, from scientific tools to the hiking gear needed to access remote sections of each park. Facts about the national parks and supporting scientific information are interspersed throughout the book, along with instructive photographs of the parks, the researchers, and the plants, animals, and formations that they study. Glossary, selected bibliography, sources, and index appended. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9780547792682

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

333.78/3092273

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 7; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.3; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 1040L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

U,S, park rangers, U,S, park naturalists, Interpretation of U,S, cultural and natural resources, Yellowstone National Park, Geysers, Hydrothermal systems, Geology and geologists, Grizzly bears, Wildlife biology and biologists, Saguaro National Park, Gila monsters, Telemetry, Herpetology and herpetologists, Saguaro cacti, Citizen scientists, Great Smoky Mountains Natural Park, Red-cheeked salamanders, Evolutionary ecology and ecologists, Synchronous fireflies, Entomology and entomologists, Scientific research and discoveries,

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