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Oregon's dry side : exploring east of the Cascade Crest

Author: Alan D St John
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007.
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Helps to explore the sights, sounds, scents, and stories of Oregon's dry side, the vast, arid East, which is the state's true West. This book shows the region's flora and fauna and dramatic geology in photographs.
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan D St John
ISBN: 9780881928297 0881928291
OCLC Number: 70877775
Notes: Rev., expanded ed. of: Eastern Oregon : portrait of the land and its people. Helena, MT : American Geographic Pub., c1988.
Description: 323 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I The Dry Side: A Natural History --
Why is Oregon's dry side dry? --
Geological Underpinnings --
Plate tectonics --
Exotic terranes --
Lava mega-floods --
The Ice Age --
Recent eruptions Newberry National Volcanic Monument --
Shifting environments and fossil records --
Global catastrophe favors the first mammals --
The John Day fossil archives --
Ice Age flora and fauna --
Thomas Condon, frontier paleontologist --
Dry Side Flora --
Dry side --
Dry side vegetation zones --
Two common shrubs --
Sagebrush --
Native grasses and exotic interlopers --
High desert color: a wildflower sampler --
Northern Great Basin botany --
High-elevation endemics of the desert ranges --
The desert's wet side --
Northern Modoc Plateau forests --
The Eastern Cascades forests --
The ponderosa pine --
Western junipers --
The Blue Mountain forests --
Northeastern Oregon grasslands --
Where are the cacti? --
Dry Side Fauna --
Life (and death) on the road --
A wildlife walk in the sagebrush steppelands --
The Great Basin spadefoot --
The pronghorn --
Creatures of the Great Basin true desert --
Horned lizards --
Desert trout --
Desert nightlife Kangaroo rats --
Rattlesnake! Is it dangerous? --
Part II Central Oregon --
From Sagebrush Sandals to Ski Boots --
The first Americans --
Early white trappers and explorers --
High desert wagon trains --
Loss of tribal lands --
Native American resistance --
Early Euro-American settlements --
Range wars erupt --
More communities emerge --
High desert homesteaders --
Bend blossoms --
Railroad wars --
The Middle Ground: High Tech Meets Old West --
The Bend gateway --
Exploring south of Bend --
High Desert Museum: Don's dream --
Trailpost: Springtime at Fort Rock --
The Sisters-Camp Sherman area --
Trailpost: Sand Mountain --
The Cascade Lakes Highway --
Redmond --
Prineville --
From the Painted Hills and Clarno Fossil Beds to Shaniko --
Madras --
Down the Lower Deschutes --
The Dalles-Eastern Columbia River Gorge area. Part III Southeastern Oregon --
From Covered Wagons to Horseless Carriages --
Desert hunter-gatherers --
First white explorers and migrating settlers --
Commerce: Ranching and gold! --
The desert cattle barons --
The Paiute-Bannock uprising --
The first railroads and horseless carriages --
Desert farming, for better or worse --
Sagebrush and Elbow Room --
Steens Mountain --
Trailpost: Wildhorse Lake --
The Alvord Basin --
Trailpost: Big Sand Gap --
The Owyhee Canyonlands --
The Treasure Valley --
The Burns-Malheur area --
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: A natural heritage --
Hart Mountain --
Warner Valley to Lakeview --
Lake Abert --
Summer Lake --
The Christmas Valley Area --
The Big Land --
The eco-ranchers --
Part IV Northeastern Oregon --
From Nez Perce Appaloosas to the Iron Horse Railroad --
First encounters --
First scientific and military surveys of the region --
The Oregon Trail emigrants --
The Cayuse War --
Gold fever --
The final Indian wars --
Chief Joseph and his "Land of Winding Waters" --
Lumber and agriculture prosper --
Land of Gold-Bearing Mountains and Golden Wheat --
The wheat heartland --
Pendleton --
The Grande Ronde Valley --
The Wallowa Valley --
The High Wallowas --
Trailpost: Lostine Meadows --
Wallowa Valley towns --
Canyon country of the Snake drainage --
Trailpost: Smooth Hollow --
Pine Valley and the southern Wallowas --
Following the Oregon Trail to Baker Valley --
The Sumpter Valley area --
Mining ghost towns --
The John Day River drainage.
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