This book celebrates the natural history of the Klamath Mountains through stories of diversity and resilience over deep time.
Shaped by geology, these mountains form an ancient jigsaw puzzle and topographic mosaic dissected by big-shouldered river canyons and sharp ridgelines that create localized climatic gradients. Within the geomorphic province, the rocks are much older than in surrounding regions. This dichotomy has allowed many distinct evolutionary lineages of plants and animals to adapt, survive, and sometimes speciate where elsewhere they became extirpated long ago.
The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History
- Describes and documents one of the most biodiverse temperate mountain ranges on Earth.
- The first comprehensive Natural History written for this region.
- 34 contributing authors–all experts in their fields.
- Chapters including Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Plant Communities, First Peoples, Geology, Climate, Fire Ecology, and much more.
- Full color, rich illustrations, and well-curated photographs, and bring 496 pages to life!
Richard Mize (verified owner) –
A simply wonderful book. I’m 74, can no longer backpack, but the book brings me back to many great solo trips in the Siskiyou Wilderness. I hit the dictionary often and am learning all kinds of terms in geology, botany, meteorology that I didn’t know. The editors do a skillful job moving between general knowledge and more esoteric knowledge areas. Thank you for a fine book.