Published: September 2007
Crown of the Continent - Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.
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Protecting the Crown of the Continent: Sustainable Tourism
National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations has teamed up with local collaborators from the communities surrounding the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park to create a geotourism project and MapGuide featuring the Crown of the Continent.

Glacier National Park
Whether you are planning a trip to the park or just want to learn more about the area's history, culture, wildlife, or geology, this website is an excellent starting point. The National Park Service has pulled together practical information on transportation and accommodation in the park, and new additions to the site include virtual hikes and webcams to give you the feeling of being there.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Canada's Waterton Lakes website includes helpful information on planning a visit to the park, as well as sections delving into the park's geology, climate, and wildlife. Additional topics such as "Fire, Flood, and Avalanche" and "Waterton History Snapshot" illuminate the forces that have carved the landscape and established the village of Waterton.

Crown of the Continent
To learn more about the Crown of the Continent go to "educational resources" and click on "Crown of the Continent: Profile of a Treasured Landscape." You can purchase a hard copy of the booklet, or by clicking on the table of contents access each chapter online. Chapters on plants, animals, water, fire, climate, people, geology, and more outline the highlights of the area.

USGS Global Change Research Program
This is a premier website on glacier and snow research in the United States. Particularly fascinating is the section on glacier retreat, where matched photographs from the same location taken in past decades and in the present show how quickly glaciers in Glacier National Park are disappearing.

The Wolverine Foundation
Founded in 1996 by an international team of wildlife scientists interested in wolverines and wolverine research, the Wolverine Foundation educates the public about these little understood relatives of the weasel. A FAQ, kids' page, and life history of the wolverine accompany research reports from wolverine habitat around the world.


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Alt, David, and Donald W. Hyndman. Roadside Geology of Montana. Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1986.

"Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands: Western Mountains and Plains." EPA, NPS, USFWS.

Key, Carl H., Daniel B. Fagre, and Richard K. Menicke. "Glacier Retreat in Glacier National Park, Montana." Glaciers of North America, USGS Professional Paper 1386-J-2.

Rockwell, David. Falcon Guide: Exploring Glacier National Park. The Globe Pequot Press, 2002.

NGS Resources

Sundeen, Mark. "The Ballad of Route 89." National Geographic Adventure (April 2007), 78-87, 91-93.

Quammen, David. "An Endangered Idea." National Geographic (October 2006), 62-67.

Phelan, Glen. "Melting Away." National Geographic Explorer! (January/February 2005), 4-11.

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks: West. National Geographic Books, 2005.
Schmidt, Thomas. Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks Road Guide: The Essential Guide for Motorists. National Geographic Books, 2004.

Hogan, Marc and Harris, Nathan. "Glacier National Park." National Geographic Traveler (March 2002), 82-93.

Chadwick, Douglas H. "On the Edge of Earth and Sky." National Geographic (April 1995), 102-21.