The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

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Penguin, May 27, 2003 - History - 432 pages
32 Reviews
One of the great works of American exploration literature, this account of a scientific expedition forced to survive famine, attacks, mutiny, and some of the most dangerous rapids known to man remains as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1874.

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, recently ranked number four on Adventure magazine’s list of top 100 classics, is legendary pioneer John Wesley Powell’s first-person account of his crew’s unprecedented odyssey along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon. A bold foray into the heart of the American West’s final frontier, the expedition was achieved without benefit of modern river-running equipment, supplies, or a firm sense of the region’s perilous topography and the attitudes of the native inhabitants towards whites.

 

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Review: The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

Read this if you love the West, exploration, or just general tales of people awed by nature. Best read with Google Maps close at hand...or while floating along in one of the canyons he named. :) Read full review

Review: The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

User Review  - Michael Lawson - Goodreads

Really cool book with amazing images. Read full review

Contents

THE VALLEY OF THE COLORADO
MESAS AND BUTTES
MOUNTAINS AND PLATEAUS
CLIFFS AND TERRACES
FROM GREEN RIVER CITY TO FLAMING GORGE
FROM FLAMING GORGE TO THE GATE
THE CANYON OF LODORE
FROM ECHO PARK TO THE MOUTH OF
FROM THE JUNCTION OF THE GRAND AND GREEN
FROM THE LITTLE COLORADO TO THE FOOT
THE RIO VIRGEN AND THE UINKARET
OVER THE RIVER
TO ZUNI
THE GRAND CANYON
FOR THE BEST IN PAPERBACKS LOOK FOR
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FROM THE MOUTH OF THE UINTA RIVER TO

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About the author (2003)

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of "Refuge: An Unnat-ural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger; Leap; and Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert," A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction, she lives in the redrock desert of southern Utah.
T. H. Watkins (1936-2000) was the first Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University, and the author of twenty-eight books.

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