Description - The Poconos by C.S. Oplinger
The Poconos, a rich plateau nestled in northeastern Pennsylvania between the Delaware River and the Moosic Mountains, encompass a variety of alluring features - forests and lakes, abundant wildlife, ski slopes, waterfalls, and honeymoon resorts. This classic guide offers a window into the natural history and ecology of the region, less than two hours drive from New York City and Philadelphia, whose scenery attracts some ten million visitors each year. The perfect reference for amateur naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and others who wish to explore the area, ""The Poconos"" clearly explains the unique geographic characteristics, animal habits and habitats, climate, geology, and vegetation of the area. The authors trace the region from its beginnings millions of years ago as part of a shallow sea, through the reshaping forces of great glaciers, to today's roadways and turnpikes. This revised and expanded edition also includes brief profiles of individuals who played significant roles in the preservation or understanding of the area's ecology. Chapters provide a general survey of the area, including its history and places to be explored and observed, information on forest types, wildlife, and aquatic habitats, updated facts and figures on animal populations, as well as new details on invasive species. For those who drive through the Poconos, the authors include a special section on plants and animals that can be seen along the roadside - as diverse and fascinating a group of creatures as those found in wilder places. A chapter on human activity describes the environmental impact of people from the days of the Indians to the present. The final chapter provides expanded information on the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - a region with marked trails, maps, and visitor centers. Throughout the book, numerous boxes direct readers to observatory points for specific birds, ecosystems, vegetation types, and geological features, while maps, tables, original pen-and-ink illustrations, and a select list of field guides and other references enhance the book's appeal. An indispensable companion for visitors as well as residents, ""The Poconos"" is a must-read for everyone who wants to discover or better understand the beauty and natural history of this unique region.
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Author Biography - C.S. Oplinger
Carl S. Oplinger is professor emeritus at Muhlenberg College. Throughout his forty-one years there, he taught courses in zoology, ecology, and environmental science. For several decades, he conducted courses in marine ecology at the Bermuda Biological Station. He lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Robert Halma taught botany, ecology, and geology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Today he is professor emeritus and curator of the college's arboretum.