Deep cut : science, power, and the unbuilt interoceanic canal (Book, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Deep cut : science, power, and the unbuilt interoceanic canal

Author: Christine Keiner
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
Series: Since 1970.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Atlantic-Pacific Central American sea-level canal is generally regarded as a spectacular failure. However, Deep Cut examines the canal in an alternative context, as an anticipated infrastructure project that captured attention from the nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries. Its advocates included naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, physicist Edward Teller, and U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Keiner
ISBN: 0820338958 9780820338958 082033894X 9780820338941
OCLC Number: 1143624402
Description: xiv, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
INTRODUCTION The Central American Sea-Level Canal and the Environmental History of Unbuilt Megaprojects --
PART I. IN THE SHADOW OF THE PANAMA CANAL --
CHAPTER 1 Canalizing and Colonizing the Isthmus --
CHAPTER 2 Confronting the Canal's Obsolescence --
CHAPTER 3 Mobilizing for Panama Canal II --
PART II. THE PANATOMIC CANAL --
CHAPTER 4 Navigating High Modernism --
CHAPTER 5 Assessing Mankind's Most Gigantic Biological Experiment --
CHAPTER 6 Avoiding an Elastic Collision with Knowledge --
PART III. THE POST-PANATOMIC CANAL --
CHAPTER 7 Optioning the Sea-Level Canal for the Energy Crisis --
CHAPTER 8 Containing the Panama Canal Treaty's Environmental Fallout --
CONCLUSION Remembering the Unbuilt Canal --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Since 1970.
Responsibility: Christine Keiner.

Abstract:

"The Atlantic-Pacific Central American sea-level canal is generally regarded as a spectacular failure. However, Deep Cut examines the canal in an alternative context, as an anticipated infrastructure project that captured attention from the nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries. Its advocates included naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, physicist Edward Teller, and U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. The waterway did not come to fruition, but as a proposal it served important political and scientific purposes during different eras, especially the years spanning the Cold War and the "environmental decade" of the 1970s."--Publisher web site

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