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Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea down the Colorado River

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In 1869, John Wesley Powell led a small party down the Green and Colorado Rivers in a bold attempt to explore the Grand Canyon for the first time. After their monumental expedition, they told of raging rapids, constant danger, and breathtaking natural beauty of the American landscape at its most pristine.

Jon Waterman combines sheer adventure and environmental calamity in this trailblazing cautionary accountof his 2008 trip down the overtaxed, drying Colorado. Dammed and tunneled, forced into countless canals, trapped in reservoirs and harnessed for electricity, what once was untamed and free is now humbled, parched, and soyoked to human purposes that in most years it trickles away 100 miles from its oceanic destination.

Waterman writes with informal immediacy in this eye-witness account of the many demands on theColorado, from irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland to watering the lawns of Los Angeles. He shows how our profligacy and inexorable climate change spark political conflict, and how we can avert this onrushingecological crisis. As he follows Powell afloat and afoot, Waterman reaches out both to adventure travelers and to scientists, conservationists, environmentalists, and anyone interested in the fragile interplay betweennature and humans.

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Combining High White-Water Adventure With a Call For Environmental Action, Running Dry is award-winning author, filmmaker, and adventurer Jonathan Waterman's account of his unprecedented 1,450-mile journey down the Colorado River-a river on the brink of an ecological calamity.

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Jonathan Waterman is the author of nine books, has made four television films, and works as a freelance author and filmmaker. In 2004, his writing about the Arctic won the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Literary Fellowship.

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ISBN:
9781426205590
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : General
Author:
Waterman, Jonathan
Subject:
Nature : Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Subject:
Waterman, Jonathan - Travel -
Subject:
Americana-Rivers Lakes Waterways and Mountains
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
May 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Biology
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General
Travel » North America » United States » Western States
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , Combining High White-Water Adventure With a Call For Environmental Action, Running Dry is award-winning author, filmmaker, and adventurer Jonathan Waterman's account of his unprecedented 1,450-mile journey down the Colorado River-a river on the brink of an ecological calamity.
"Synopsis" by , Jonathan Waterman is the author of nine books, has made four television films, and works as a freelance author and filmmaker. In 2004, his writing about the Arctic won the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Literary Fellowship.
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