Book ID: CBB001201858

A World of Rivers: Environmental Change on Ten of the World's Greatest Rivers (2010)


Wohl, Ellen E. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2010
Physical Details: viii + 359 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.; index
Language: English

Far from being the serene, natural streams of yore, modern rivers have been diverted, dammed, dumped in, and dried up, all in efforts to harness their power for human needs. But these rivers have also undergone environmental change. The old adage says you can't step in the same river twice, and Ellen Wohl would agree---natural and synthetic change are so rapid on the world's great waterways that rivers are transforming and disappearing right before our eyes. A World of Rivers explores the confluence of human and environmental change on ten of the great rivers of the world. Ranging from the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Yellow River in China to Central Europe's Danube and the United States' Mississippi, the book journeys down the most important rivers in all corners of the globe. Wohl shows us how pollution, such as in the Ganges and in the Ob of Siberia, has affected biodiversity in the water. But rivers are also resilient, and Wohl stresses the importance of conservation and restoration to help reverse the effects of human carelessness and hubris. What all these diverse rivers share is a critical role in shaping surrounding landscapes and biological communities, and Wohl's book ultimately makes a strong case for the need to steward positive change in the world's great rivers.

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Review Cioc-Ortega, Mark (2014) Review of "A World of Rivers: Environmental Change on Ten of the World's Greatest Rivers". Comparative Studies in Society and History (p. 244). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Williams, Michael
Sellers, Christopher C.
Mauch, Christof
Zeller, Thomas
Novosad, E. V.
Blum, Elizabeth D.
Technology and Culture
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Science, Technology and Human Values
Diplomatic History
Journal of the History of Biology
University of Chicago Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University Press of Kansas
CRC Press
University of New Mexico
Water pollution
Environmental pollution
Environmental sciences
Environmental protection
Environmental degradation
Patrick, Ruth
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Mississippi River (North America)
North America
Seine River (France)
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
European Commission of the Danube

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