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Rivers Run Through Us

A Natural and Human History of Great Rivers of North America

by (author) Eric B. Taylor

foreword by Mark Angelo

RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Rivers, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Ecology
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An engaging, informative, and personal exploration of some of the great rivers of North America.

The physical nature of rivers has influenced the course of human history and development, whether it be in the prosecution of major conflicts (US Civil War), patterns of development and social change (dams on the Columbia River), the economy (gold rushes, agricultural development), or international relations (US and Mexico and the Colorado River). The centrality of human–river interactions has had great impacts on the biodiversity of rivers (salmon and other threatened species) that have been the focus of historical and current intense conflicts of values (e.g., water in the Sacramento–San Joaquin system and California “water wars” in general).

Of the thousands of rivers in North America, 10 are profiled in Rivers Run Through Us:

  • Mackenzie River
  • Yukon River
  • Fraser River
  • Columbia River
  • Sacramento–San Joaquin River
  • Colorado River
  • Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River
  • Mississippi River
  • Hudson River
  • St. Lawrence River

In this engaging new work, Eric Taylor takes readers on a grand tour of 10 of North America’s more important river systems, exploring one fundamental issue for each that illustrates the critical role each particular stream has had — and will have — in the human development of North America.

About the authors

Eric B. Taylor is a professor of zoology and director of the fish collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. He studies the patterns and processes promoting the origins and persistence of biodiversity and the application of such knowledge to conservation, especially in fishes. He graduated with a Ph.D. in zoology from UBC in 1989, spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University, then 18 months as a visiting research fellow at the Pacific Biological Station before returning to UBC in 1993. Between 2000 and 2018 he was involved with COSEWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) and was its chair between 2014 and 2018. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Mark Angelo is a river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher, and paddler. He is the founder and chair of both B.C. and World Rivers Day and is rivers chair of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, as well as a Fellow of the New York-based Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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