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Underwater Wonders of the National Parks book review by "U.S. National/State Parks" guide from About.com
John Brooks has been an underwater photographer and cinematographer with the National Park Service since 1992, and his works have appeared in a number of national publications.As someone who once did a fair amount of snorkeling and scuba diving, I have to admit that the book opened my eyes to the great variety of opportunities available within the national park system.I was aware of many dive sites in coastal areas like Florida, California, and the Virgin Islands, but I was not aware of the many sites at the lakes and rivers in inland parks like Yellowstone, Crater Lake, Amistad National Recreation Area, and even some of the Great Lakes parks like Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.A few of the dives described in book are off-limits to all divers except research and protection personnel, but the authors felt they were too important to omit.It was particularly interesting to read the narrative of the National Park Service dive to survey the remains of the USS Arizona, which was bombed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.For the diver the Arizona emerges from the gloom as some surreal metallic structure of monstrous proportions. And from a later passage, there be something about experiencing the scene of a violent act while swimming underwater.
HDTV PRODUCTION NEWS From HDTV Newsletter
John Brooks , an information/education specialist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service , is ìon loanî to the National Park Service as the director/producer and underwater shooter for the Glacier Bay project.
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