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pocket for easy reference. Advice on how to get to the parks by road, rail, and air assures the reader of saving time and money, many times the price of the book itself. "We traveled within nine miles of one park and 30 miles of another... without knowing they were there," a Western member wrote not long ago. Most of us can sympathize; but with America's Wonderlands as our guide, we can avoid such disappointments. And when we get home again, we can return to its pages to recapture outdoor pleasures. Book Lists a Drive-in Volcano No matter how many times you have visited these parks, I am sure you will learn some surprising facts from the pages of America's Wonderlands. I know that I have. Would you care to visit a drive-in volcano? Or climb a mountain that is turning itself inside out? You will even read about spots within the 24-mil lion-acre park system that have never been scientifically surveyed and mapped; even today you can find land never before trod by a paleface. "I can't think of a better way to interest young people in geology," said Dr. Donald W. Fisher, State Paleontologist for New York. And, certainly, how can anyone think geology dull when he sees the rainbow spectrum in a piece of petrified wood or reads the biography of the Grand Canyon-a billion and a half years preserved in stone! A remarkable series of paintings traces the fiery origins of Crater Lake; another shows how ice carved Yosemite Valley. A depth map of Carlsbad Caverns prompted a noted speleologist to say, "For the first time I can orient myself in Carlsbad." Members will want this volume for many reasons. You may take a proprietor's pride in the magnificent scenery. American citizens own these parks, and members of The Society have contributed in extraordinary ways to the park system: the first expedition to explore Carlsbad Caverns .. .the discovery of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes... the dona tion of a tract of towering trees in the Giant Forest of Sequoia ... the recent gift of Rus sell Cave, Alabama. NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASJ. ABERCROMBIE Virginia in America's Wonderlands finds ad ventures that would have astonished Alice. Read ing the book in her Edgewater, Maryland, home, the 11-year-old daughter of the Robert Langdons dreams of vacations in the national parks. The Nation's parklands have been pre served for all to enjoy because America has always found, in the words of poet Sam Walter Foss, "men to match my mountains"-cou rageous fighters for conservation like John Muir, Stephen T. Mather, and Horace M. Albright; generous, public-spirited donors like John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and farsighted men in Congress and the White House who have helped make the U. S. system of national parks a model for all the world. That highly literate outdoorsman, Theodore Roosevelt, once wrote, "... among those men whom I have known, the love of books and the love of outdoors, in their highest expressions, have usually gone hand in hand." In that spirit, your Society is proud to offer its members America's Wonderlands. Members are advised to reserve AMERICA'S WONDERLANDS, THE NATIONAL PARKS at the special prepublication price of $9.95 to ensure obtaining a first edition. Enthusiastic early response indicates the first printing may be oversubscribed; requests will be filled in the order received. A bill will accompany the book. After publication the price will be $11.50. Gold lettered, buckram-and-linen bound in two-toned green, 512 pages; 466 illustrations, 390 in color. Write to National Geographic Society, Dept. 28, Washington 6, D. C.