368 pages, b/w illustrations
This book explores the confluence of human and environmental change on ten of the great rivers of the world. Ranging from the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Yellow River in China to Central Europe's Danube and the Mississippi, the book journeys down the most important rivers in all corners of the globe.
"Excellent. . . . Wohl, a fluvial geoscientist, does a superb job of linking the flow of geomorphic structure of rivers with a more encompassing examination of their ecology, history, and culture. . . . Highly recommended."
- J. H. Thorp III Choice
1 A Round River 1
2 The Amazon: Rivers of Blushing Dolphins
3 The Ob: Killing Grandmother
4 The Nile: Lifeline in the Desert
5 The Danube: Remnants of Beauty
6 The Ganges: Eternally Pure?
7 The Mississippi: Once and Future River
8 The Murray-Darling: Stumbling in the Waltz
9 The Congo: River That Swallows All Rivers
10 The Chang Jiang: Bridling a Dragon
11 The Mackenzie: River on the Brink
12 An Ebbing Flow
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Ellen Wohl is professor of geosciences at Colorado State University and the author of, most recently, Of Rock and Rivers: Seeking a Sense of Place in the American West.