National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
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In this dazzling book of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public; animals that are among the last of their species on Earth; volcanic lightning; giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons; the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and little-seen objects from the far reaches of the globe.
animals. But the danger they represent should be seen in perspective: In the 144 years since 55 Yellowstone was established, more people have died there of drowning and of scalding in thermal pools, and of suicide, than have been killed by bears. Almost as many people have died from lightning strikes. Two people have been killed by bison. The real lesson inherent in the death of Lance Crosby, and in the equally regrettable death of the bear that killed him, is a reminder of something too
Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin. Geysers are formed when underground water meets superheated rock and blasts back out through a narrow hole. PHOTO: MICHAEL NICHOLS For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People The motto Congress gave Yellowstone, sometimes called the People’s Park, sounds straightforward. It isn’t. A chairlift carries skiers up Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming. More than a vacation wonderland, the Yellowstone region has become a magnet for people fleeing cities for a
developments: oil ields, subdivisions, highways, fences. An initiative to preserve the migratory path of the pronghorn offers hope by uniting government land managers, landowners, conservationists, and hunters. Middleton and his colleagues are compiling an atlas of migrations to guide policymakers. All share the aim of allowing pronghorn to follow the paths their ancestors have followed for millennia—and even cut loose at 55 miles an hour now and then. —TW 128 national geographic • may 2016
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ranges of public wildlife. Some grizzly bear advocates worry that, with declines in certain major bear foods, delisting and the hunting to follow will doom the Yellowstone grizzly. Others worry that failure to delist the bear, despite its robust recovery, will only further inﬂame resentment against the grizzly among people with whom it shares habitat and will undermine the Endangered Species Act itself. Bird lovers worry that the trumpeter swan may be eradicated from Yellowstone. Some