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River Notes

A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

by Wade Davis

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publisher: Island Press
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It’s an alarming if little-known fact: one of the world’smightiest rivers, the Colorado, no longer reaches the sea. Every dropof its water is allocated to agriculture and communities along the wayand none remains for the Colorado Delta at river’s end, aonce-thriving estuary that supported North America’s most diversebiosphere. The Colorado draws attention the river’splight as well as to the larger issue of the looming global watercrisis. It follows Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a leading advocate for waterconservation and river restoration, eminent ethnobotanist Wade Davis,and their two daughters on a rafting adventure down the Colorado. Theircompelling journey illuminates both the challenges and the manyopportunities that exist for conserving and restoring the world’swatersheds. Combining science and adventure with glorious imagery andlocations, the book delivers a message of hope and inspiration for allpeople of the world.

About the Author

Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. He served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. The author of 17 books, he has lived and worked in the Stikine as a park ranger and guide.

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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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"Often lyrically, Davis bemoans the state of a river that has been hemmed in so that cities including Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Tucson and Phoenix can switch on their lights and have their taps flow....He does a good job of showing how we are all connected to this river, whether we recognize it or not."

— <i>The Washington Post</i>

"Above all, the book—by turns lyrical, elegiac and combative—is a plea to save the Colorado River before it is too late."

— <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>

"[A beautifully concise history of the Colorado River."

— <i>Men's Journal</i>

"incisive analysis....If only all public discussion of America's accomplishments and short-comings could be so clear-eyed."

— <i>Canadian Geographic</i>

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