Book ID: CBB247740357

Fixing Niagara Falls: Environment, Energy, and Engineers at the World’s Most Famous Waterfall (2020)


Macfarlane, Daniel (Author)

University of British Columbia Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 274
Language: English

Since the late nineteenth century, Niagara Falls has been heavily engineered to generate energy behind a flowing facade designed to appeal to tourists. Essentially, this natural wonder is now a tap: huge tunnels channel the waters of the Niagara River around the Falls, which ebb and flow according to the tourism calendar.Fixing Niagara Falls reveals the technological feats and cross-border politics that facilitated the transformation of one of the most important natural sites in North America. Daniel Macfarlane details how engineers, bureaucrats, and politicians conspired to manipulate the world’s most famous waterfall. During the first half of the twentieth century, the United States and Canada explored various ways to maximize hydropower from the Niagara River while “preserving” the falls. Decades of environmental diplomacy and transborder studies led to a 1950 treaty that allowed new hydro-electric stations to funnel most of the river’s water to generate power. To facilitate these diversions and lessen the visual impact of redirecting so much water, the two nations cooperated to install a range of control works while reshaping and shrinking the Horseshoe Falls. This book offers a unique perspective on how the Niagara landscape embodies both the power of technology and the power of nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Macfarlane, Daniel
David R. Starbuck
Harvey, Thomas J.
Stradling, David S.
Frank, Jerry J.
Lifset, Robert
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Environmental History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Technology and Culture
Cornell University Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University Press of Kansas
University of Pittsburgh
Texas A&M University Press
Pictorial Histories Publishing Co.
Hydroelectric power
Industrial archaeology
Environmental history
United States
New York (U.S.)
Niagara falls
New Hampshire (U.S.)
Rocky Mountains (U.S.)
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
St. John's University (New York)
Yellowstone National Park
World Bank
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers

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