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  • O'Connor, Jim; Who HQ

    Published by Penguin Workshop, 2015

    ISBN 10: 0448483572ISBN 13: 9780448483573

    Seller: Ami Ventures Inc Books, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

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    paperback. Condition: New. Colon, Daniel (illustrator). Illustrated. About the AuthorJim O'Connor is the author of What Was Pompeii?, What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?, and Who Is Bob Dylan?Product DescriptionThere are canyons all over the planet, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona is not the biggest. Yet because of the spectacular colors in the rock layers and fascinating formations of boulders, buttes, and mesas, it is known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Starting with a brief overview of how national parks came into being, this book covers all aspects of the canyon--how it formed, which early native people lived there, and what varied wildlife can be found there now. A history of the canyon's end-to-end exploration in the late 1860s and how the Grand Canyon became such a popular vacation spot (5 million tourists visit every year) round out this informative, easy-to-read account.Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.Where Is the Grand Canyon?The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the United States fifty-nine national parks. All are special wilderness areas that are protected by the US government. President Franklin Roosevelt said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks." Why? Because the parks belong to all the people of our country. They are not private property.Back when the United States was a young country with limitless open space, not many people saw a need to set aside land for parks.Even if there had been big parks, few people could have visited them. The majority of Americans worked six days a week. Not many had the time or money to travel more than a few miles from their home.The first public park in the United States was the Boston Common, in Massachusetts, which was established in 1634. It was both a park and a common grazing area for cows.In the 1830s, Americans began building cemeteries that were more than places to bury the dead. They had winding roads, ponds, landscaped hills, beautiful statues, and fancy mausoleums. (Mausoleums are like little houses with the dead buried inside them.)People went to these beautiful cemeteries to have picnics and stroll around the grounds admiring the views. Cemeteries became popular as a kind of public park.The idea of parks protected by the government began in the mid 1800s. The population was growing. More cities were sprouting all over the country, taking over large areas of land. A small but important group of people realized that the United States had great natural treasures that needed to be preserved for all Americans forever.For instance, Yosemite, an area in northern California, was known for its special trees. They were called giant sequoias. Some were over three thousand years old. They grew up to three hundred feet high with amazingly thick trunks. A group of Americans wanted to protect Yosemite s giant sequoia groves from logging and development. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln made Yosemite a California state park.The first area to be named a national park was Yellowstone in Wyoming. (Parts of the park are also in Montana and Idaho.)Yellowstone is a special place because it is home to most of the world s geysers. A geyser is an underground spring of boiling-hot water that erupts through the surface of the earth. Yellowstone s most famous geyser is called Old Faithful. In fact, it is the most famous geyser in the world. Every ninety-one minutes, Old Faithful erupts, spraying water 125 feet into the air. Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872 under a law signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.The president who did the most for national parks was Theodore Roosevelt. He was in office from 1901 to 1909 and is often called the "conservation president." He wanted to conserve-keep and protect-the beauty of nature in the United States.President Roosevelt grew up in New York City, but he was a real outdoorsman. As a young man, he became a cattle rancher out west in North Dakota. All his life he loved to hunt and camp out under the stars. He wanted Ame.