Crown Jewels: Five Great National Parks Around the World and the Challenges They Face

Crown Jewels: Five Great National Parks Around the World and the Challenges They Face

by Randolph Delehanty (Editor)


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The national park idea first emerged in the United States with the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872. Today there are at least 7,000 national parks in 140 countries around the world. But all face growing challenges from rapid environmental change, worldwide economic recession, and political pressures of varying degree. Crown Jewels presents fascinating, richly illustrated portraits of parks in the U.S., East Africa, Italy, Amazonia, Tibet, and Australia, with analyses by park experts in each region. Crown Jewels reminds us that our world's stunningly beautiful national parks are an irreplaceable resource with an uncertain future and all of us are key to securing that future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933253732
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Randolph Delehanty is a historian and exhibitions curator at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was the founding director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and has taught at San Francisco State University. He is the author of books on California, the American West, and the South.

Table of Contents


U.S. National Parks and Protected Areas: Past, Present, and Future
      Randolph Delehanty
Chang Tang Nature Reserve, China: Nature Reserves, Wildlife, and Pastoralists in Tibet
      George B. Schaller
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania: Prospects, Problems, and Progress
      John F. R. Bower
National Archeological Parks of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Boscoreale, and Oplontis, Italy: Mass Tourism, Pleasures, and Politics in the Shadow of Vesuvius
      Judith Harris
Alto Orinoco-Casiquaire Biosphere Reserve, Venezuela, and Yanomami Territory, Brazil: National Reserves and the Yanomami People in the Amazonian Rainforest
      Fiona Watson and Joanna Eede
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia: National Parks, Changes in Perception, and Hyper-Reality
      Celmara Pocock
Changes in the Scientific Understanding of Nature: Can National Parks Be Preserved “Unimpaired”?
      Randolph Delehanty

Appendix: The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Definitions of Protected Areas

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