QUESTION: Can we hope to preserve, in the midst of modern America, any such remnant of our continent’s primordial landscape, any such sample of true wildness—a gloriously inhospitable place, full of predators and prey, in which nature is still allowed to be red in tooth and claw?Can that sort of place be reconciled with human demands and human convenience? Time alone, and our choices, will tell. But if the answer is yes, the answer is Yellowstone.
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Writing by David Quammen (@davidquammen)
YELLOWSTONE the battle for the american west
May 2016 National Geographic magazine by natgeo
Hey, tumblr! It’s halfway through the year now (how???) and I was looking through my book list and thinking that I have read so many good books this year, so I thought I would just throw my book list as it stands under a cut, with brief notes on the books in case anyone is interested! Or wants to talk about how awesome they are. Or even wants to recommend me some based on what I’ve read!
Or just tell me what you’ve been reading, if you do not want to deal with, um. A 90-item annotated list.
Yellowstone National Park, a wilderness recreation area stretching for nearly 3,500-sq.-miles atop a volcanic hot spot in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho, may be in trouble.
Each year, Yellowstone attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species, including the once threatened grizzly bear and bison. But finding the right balance between tourism and preservation can be tricky.
Journalist David Quammen, who writes about Yellowstone in the May issue of National Geographic, warns Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that “there are ways in which Yellowstone is in danger of being loved to death.”
Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.