Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues, Volume 1 (Google eBook)
John Zumerchik, Steven Laurence Danver
ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 731 pages
"Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues" offers a comprehensive introduction to humanity's historical reliance on the world's seas and waterways and how that reliance continues to evolve.
Over the course of two volumes, this extraordinary resource describes the world's major nautical features, the wide variety of uses for those waterways, and a number of essential issues arising from water-borne commerce. The encyclopedia marks the emergence of the aquarium, cruise, energy, fishing, insurance, mining, trade, transportation, recreation, and sport industries, and includes entries on harbors, ports, and coastal development that play a part in the economics of commercial water use. Also included is coverage of a number of significant themes such as the rise and fall of the Erie Canal as the gateway to the Midwest, and the declining popularity of the Panama Canal.