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Immortal River: The Upper Mississippi in Ancient and Modern Times


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and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;This engaging and well-illustrated primer to the Upper Mississippi River presents the basic natural and human history of this magnificent waterway. Immortal River is written for the educated lay-person who would like to know more about the river's history and the forces that shape as well as threaten it today. It melds complex information from the fields of geology, ecology, geography, anthropology, and history into a readable, chronological story that spans some 500 million years of the earth's history.and#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Like the Mississippi itself, Immortal River often leaves the main channel to explore the river's backwaters, floodplain, and drainage basin. The book's focus is the Upper Mississippi, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois. But it also includes information about the river's headwaters in northern Minnesota and about the Lower Mississippi from Cairo south to the river's mouth ninety miles below New Orleans. It offers an understanding of the basic geology underlying the river's landscapes, ecology, environmental problems, and grandeur.

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Writing in non-technical language for recreationalists, technicians, planners, and beginning river scientists, Fremling (emeritus biology, Winona State U.) documents the history of human interactions with the Mississippi River starting as far back as scientific speculation allows. The most dramatic changes have occurred since European settlement, and so the bulk his attention is on the past 150 years. He walks readers through the river primeval, exploration and early exploitation, caging the giant with power boats and channeling, ecological relationships, and the river today and tomorrow. Some black and white photographs are included.
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Calvin Fremling is professor emeritus of biology at Winona State University and former aquatic ecologist at the Resources Studies Center, St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He has written numerous articles on the environment and the Mississippi River.

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Fremling, Calvin R.
University of Wisconsin Press
Historical geography
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
United States - State & Local
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Nature Studies-Biology
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