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Main Title The promise of the Grand Canyon : John Wesley Powell's perilous journey and his vision for the American West /
Author Ross, John F.,
Publisher Viking,
Year Published 2018
OCLC Number 1030283076
ISBN 9780525429876; 0525429875
Subjects Ecology ; Conservationists ; Canyons--Colorado River (Colo-Mexico)--History--19th century ; Explorers--United States--Biography ; Soldiers--United States--Biography ; Scientists--United States--Biography ; Conservationists--United States--Biography ; Grand Canyon (Ariz)--Discovery and exploration ; West (US)--Discovery and exploration ; West (US)--Environmental conditions ; HISTORY--Expeditions & Discoveries ; HISTORY--United States--State & Local--West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) ; NATURE--Environmental Conservation & Protection ; Discoveries in geography ; Travel ; Arizona--Grand Canyon ; North America--Colorado River ; United States, West ; Grand Canyon (Ariz)--Description and travel
Additional Subjects Powell, John Wesley,--1834-1902 ; Powell, John Wesley,--1834-1902--Travel--Colorado River (Colo-Mexico) ; Powell, John Wesley,--1834-1902--Travel--Arizona--Grand Canyon
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  F788.P88R67 2018 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 05/08/2019
Collation xv, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-365) and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Into the cauldron -- Osage oranges and pink muckets -- Thinking bayonets -- First thoughts west -- Descent -- The canyon -- Encore -- Fighting the national surveys -- A radical idea -- Taking over Washington -- A tough opponent -- Last stand -- Epilogue. When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier--the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon." Powell was a scientist, bureaucrat, and land-management pioneer. "He began a national conversation about sustainable development when most everyone else still looked upon land as an inexhaustible resource. Though he supported irrigation and dams, his prescient warnings forecast the 1930s Dust Bowl and the growing water scarcities of today. Practical, yet visionary, Powell didn't have all the answers, but was first to ask the right questions.