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Main Title Immortal river : the upper Mississippi in ancient and modern times /
Author Fremling, Calvin R.,
Publisher University of Wisconsin Press,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 54759336
ISBN 0299202909 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780299202903 (cloth : alk. paper); 0299202941; 9780299202941
Subjects Mississippi River--History. ; Mississippi River Valley--History. ; Mississippi River--Environmental conditions. ; Mississippi River Valley--Environmental conditions. ; Umwelt. ; Mississippi <Fluss> ; Mississippital.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELAM  F351.F84 2005 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 02/28/2011
Collation xii, 429 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-416) and index.
Contents Notes
Prologue -- Introducing Old Man River -- Majestic river bluffs and beautiful valleys -- Glaciers : sculptors of the upper Mississippi River basin -- The upper Mississippi River : child of the Pleistocene -- The land missed by the glaciers -- After the glaciers -- The Mississippi's prehistoric Native Americans : hunters, gatherers, farmers, and city planners -- The quest for furs and a northwest passage : changing ownership of the Mississippi River basin, 1673-1803 -- Prairie, savanna, and the big woods : the riverine landscape at the time of exploration and settlement by Americans and Europeans -- Early exploitation of natural resources -- Steamboats 'round the bend -- "Improving" the river, 1878-1930 -- Mission impossible : the nine-foot channel project -- The glory years -- Diesel-driven towboats and steel barges : a rebirth of commercial river transportation -- The Corps giveth, the Corps taketh away : long-term impacts of the nine-foot channel and related projects -- Vital strands in the river's web of life -- "Mayflies! : what the hell good are they?" -- Flooding : "the river is a strong brown god--sullen, untamed and intractable" -- Pollution : has a defiled river been reborn? -- Who's in charge? -- Can this be the same river? : St. Louis to the mouth of the Ohio and beyond -- Epilogue : the river yesterday, today, and tomorrow.