America by Rivers

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Island Press, 1998 - Nature - 352 pages
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Photographer and writer Tim Palmer has spent more than 25 years researching and experiencing life on the waterways of the American continent. He has travelled by canoe or raft on more than 300 different rivers, down wide placid streams and rough raging rapids. His journeys have taken him to every corner of the country, where he has witnessed and described the unique interaction of geographical, historical, and cultural forces that act upon our nation's vital arteries.America by Rivers represents the culmination of that grand adventure. Palmer describes the rivers of America in all their remaining glory and tarnished beauty, as he presents a comprehensive tour of the whole of America's river systems. Filled with important new information as well as data gathered from hundreds of published sources, America by Rivers covers: the network of American waterways and how they fit together to form river systems unique features of individual rivers along with their size, length, and biological importance environmental problems affecting the rivers of different regions and what is being done to protect and restore them cultural connections and conflicts surrounding the rivers of each region Chapters address the character of rivers in distinct regions of the country, and each chapter highlights one river with a detailed view from the water. Rivers profiled include the Penobscot, Potomac, Suwanee, Minnesota, Niobara, Salmon, Rio Grande, American, Rogue, and Sheenjek. Eighteen maps guide the reader across the country and 100 photos illustrate the splendor of Palmer's fascinating subject.America by Rivers provides a new way of seeing our country, one that embraces the entire landscape and offers fresh avenues to adventure. It is compelling reading for anyone concerned about the health of our land and the future of our waterways.

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A seasoned, amiable, well-fashioned tour of the nation's waterways, trickle to torrent, from Palmer (Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, not reviewed). The United States has never treated her ... Read full review

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Palmer, a longtime river researcher and the author of several books about rivers (e.g., Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, LJ 6/15/94), here presents an encyclopedic culmination of his work ... Read full review


The Way to the Water
Rivers of the Glaciated Northeast
Appalachian Rivers of Green
Rich Waters of the Coastal Plain and South
The Midwest Flowing against the Grid
ShyFilled Rivers of the Great Plains
Rocky Mountain Lifelines
Rivers of the Deserts and Drylands
Brilliant Waters of the Sierra Nevada
A Land of Rivers in the Northwest
The Wild Rivers of Alaska

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About the author (1998)

Tim Palmer is the author of fourteen books including Lifelines (Island Press, 1994), and Heart of America (Island Press, 1999), Pacific High (Island Press, August 2002). He has won the best travel and essay book of the year from the Association of Independent Publishers and the National Outdoor Book Award. Also an accomplished photographer, he frequently speaks and gives slide shows to public audiences and college classes nationwide. This author is available for speaking engagements. For more information, please email with "publicity/speaking engagements" in the subject line or send a fax with your group's information to 202-234-1328, Attn: Publicity. Please include background information.

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