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The Mississippi : a visual biography

Author: Quinta Scott
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A photographic documentation of the Mississippi River, illustrating the geographical and botanical features of the river and its wetlands. Using 200 color photographs and accompanying vignettes, Scott explains how we have changed each site depicted, how we try to manage and restore it, and the wildlife that occupies it"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Bildband
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Quinta Scott
ISBN: 9780826218407 0826218407
OCLC Number: 277196207
Description: x, 404 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 x 29 cm
Contents: Assembling the Mississippi basin --
Shaping the master river : the last glacier --
European exploration and political control of the Mississippi --
Managing the Mississippi for flood control and navigation to 1860 --
Improving the river for navigation after the Civil War --
Logging and draining the floodplain --
The beginnings of the restoration movement --
The flood of 1927 --
Reengineering the lower and upper Mississippi --
The beginnings of the environmental movement --
Reengineering the Atchafalaya --
The Water Resources Development Act, 1965-1986 --
Restoration efforts on the upper Mississippi --
The flood of 1993 : lessons not learned --
Middle Mississippi restoration --
Restoration efforts on the lower Mississippi --
Managing the delta for oil, gas, and navigation --
Restoring the Louisiana coast --
The flood of 2005 : the law of unintended consequences --
Restoration efforts : the managed river --
Congress and the Corps --
The headwaters --
The upper Mississippi --
The western lowlands and the white river basin --
The eastern lowlands --
The Yazoo basin --
The Arkansas lowlands, the Boeuf basin, and the Tensas basin --
The Mississippi meander belt --
The Atchafalaya basin --
The delta : introduction --
The Teche delta and Vermilion basin --
The terrebonne basin --
Barataria basin and the Lafourche, St. Bernard, and modern deltas --
Barrier islands of the Lafourche delta --
The Lake Pontchartrain basin --
Breton Sound and the Birdfoot delta.
Responsibility: Quinta Scott.

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Focuses on the topography of the Mississippi River and its floodplain. This work offers a comprehensive view of the riparian landscape as a living organism and of the effects of human intervention on  Read more...

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