176 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
5 b&w maps
Release Date:17 Oct 2012

River Notes

A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

Island Press
It’s an alarming if little-known fact: one of the world’s
mightiest rivers, the Colorado, no longer reaches the sea. Every drop
of its water is allocated to agriculture and communities along the way
and none remains for the Colorado Delta at river’s end, a
once-thriving estuary that supported North America’s most diverse
biosphere. The Colorado draws attention the river’s
plight as well as to the larger issue of the looming global water
crisis. It follows Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a leading advocate for water
conservation and river restoration, eminent ethnobotanist Wade Davis,
and their two daughters on a rafting adventure down the Colorado. Their
compelling journey illuminates both the challenges and the many
opportunities that exist for conserving and restoring the world’s
watersheds. Combining science and adventure with glorious imagery and
locations, the book delivers a message of hope and inspiration for all
people of the world.
Wade Davis is Explorer-in-Residence at the NationalGeographic Society. An ethnographer, photographer, filmmaker, andwriter, he is the author of Light at the Edge of the World,One River, the international bestseller The Serpent andthe Rainbow, and other books. His articles have appeared inOutside, Condé Nast Traveler, NationalGeographic, Scientific American, and many otherpublications.
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