The Organic Machine

The Remaking of the Columbia River

Author: Richard White

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1429952423

Category: History

Page: 144

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The Hill and Wang Critical Issues Series: concise, affordable works on pivotal topics in American history, society, and politics. In this pioneering study, White explores the relationship between the natural history of the Columbia River and the human history of the Pacific Northwest for both whites and Native Americans. He concentrates on what brings humans and the river together: not only the physical space of the region but also, and primarily, energy and work. For working with the river has been central to Pacific Northwesterners' competing ways of life. It is in this way that White comes to view the Columbia River as an organic machine--with conflicting human and natural claims--and to show that whatever separation exists between humans and nature exists to be crossed.
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Ghost industries

Industrial Water Landscapes on the Willamette River in Oregon

Author: Irene Curulli

Publisher: Altralinea Edizioni

ISBN: 889486944X

Category: Architecture

Page: 126

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What is the role of water in the conversion of former industrial areas? How is water used in engaging the public to experience these sites both as physical and cultural places? Can ecological design foster the coexistence of industry and environment? The book addresses these core questions by examining the impact of the former Oregonian industry (1830-1940) on the Willamette River landscape and discussing how projects of transformation interpret the triangular interplay among industry, landscape and water.This book is a source of suggestions and ideas for scholars, students and professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and their related fields who want to manage the urban landscapes successfully.
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Following the Proper Channels

Tributaries in the Mekong Legal Regime

Author: Bennett L. Bearden

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004362606

Category: Law

Page: 261

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In Following the Proper Channels: Tributaries in the Mekong Legal Regime, Bennett Bearden explores the marginalization of tributaries in the legal and policy regimes governing the Mekong River basin.
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Contested Waters

An Environmental History of the Colorado River

Author: April R. Summitt

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 1607322110

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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"To fully understand this river and its past, one must examine many separate pieces of history scattered throughout two nations--seven states within the United States and two within Mexico--and sort through a large amount of scientific data. One needs to be part hydrologist, geologist, economist, sociologist, anthropologist, and historian to fully understand the entire story. Despite this river's narrow size and meager flow, its tale is very large indeed." -From the conclusion The Colorado River is a vital resource to urban and agricultural communities across the Southwest, providing water to 30 million people. Contested Waters tells the river's story-a story of conquest, control, division, and depletion. Beginning in prehistory and continuing into the present day, Contested Waters focuses on three important and often overlooked aspects of the river's use: the role of western water law in its over-allocation, the complexity of power relationships surrounding the river, and the concept of sustainable use and how it has been either ignored or applied in recent times. It is organized in two parts, the first addresses the chronological history of the river and long-term issues, while the second examines in more detail four specific topics: metropolitan perceptions, American Indian water rights, US-Mexico relations over the river, and water marketing issues. Creating a complete picture of the evolution of this crucial yet over-utilized resource, this comprehensive summary will fascinate anyone interested in the Colorado River or the environmental history of the Southwest.
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How to Read the American West

A Field Guide

Author: William Wyckoff

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295805374

Category: History

Page: 440

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From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit. This innovative field guide includes stories, photographs, maps, and diagrams on a hundred landscape features across the American West. Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places. Emphasizing features that recur from one part of the region to another, the guide takes readers on an exploration of the eleven western states with trips into their natural and cultural character. How to Read the American West is an ideal traveling companion on the main roads and byways in the West, providing unexpected insights into the landscapes you see out your car window. It is also a wonderful source for armchair travelers and people who live in the West who want to learn more about the modern West, how it came to be, and how it may change in the years to come. Showcasing the everyday alongside the exceptional, Wyckoff demonstrates how asking new questions about the landscapes of the West can let us see our surroundings more clearly, helping us make informed and thoughtful decisions about their stewardship in the twenty-first century. Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYSmp5gZ4-I
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Clearing the Coastline

The Nineteenth-Century Ecological and Cultural Transformations of Cape Cod

Author: Matthew McKenzie

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584659459

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

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A social and ecological history of the rise and demise of Cape Cod's coastal fisheries in the nineteenth century
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Glen Canyon dammed

inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country

Author: Jared Farmer

Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 269

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Growth is a major issue in the contemporary American West, especially as more and more towns and states turn to tourism to spark their economies. But growth has a flip side—loss—about which we seldom think until something is irrevocably gone. Where once was Glen Canyon, with its maze of side-canyons leading to the Colorado River, now is Lake Powell, second largest reservoir in America, attracting some three million visitors a year. Many who come here think they have found paradise, and for good reason: it's beautiful. However, the loss of Glen Canyon was monumental—to many, a notorious event that remains unresolved. Focusing on the saddening, maddening example of Glen Canyon, Jared Farmer traces the history of exploration and development in the Four Corners region, discusses the role of tourism in changing the face of the West, and shows how the "invention" of Lake Powell has served multiple needs. He also seeks to identify the point at which change becomes loss: How do people deal with losing places they love? How are we to remember or restore lost places? By presenting Glen Canyon as a historical case study in exploitation, Farmer offers a cautionary tale for the future of this spectacular region. In assessing the necessity and impact of tourism, he questions whether merely visiting such places is really good for people's relationships with each other and with the land, suggesting a new ethic whereby westerners learn to value what remains of their environment. Glen Canyon Dammed was written so that the canyon country's perennial visitors might better understand the history of the region, its legacy of change, and their complicity in both. A sobering book that recalls lost beauty, it also speaks eloquently for the beauty that may still be saved.
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River of culture, river of power

identity, modernism, and contest in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, 1848-1947

Author: Kenneth M. Orona

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 251

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Major Problems in American Environmental History

Documents and Essays

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780618308057

Category: History

Page: 559

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This volume traces the history of environmental conditions in the United States through the examination of critical issues such as pollution, conservation, and wilderness preservation. The Second Edition of this popular text includes several new essays and documents and pays particular attention to multiculturalism and gender throughout. In order to place American environmental issues in a larger context, the text emphasizes international relations and globalization.
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Science, Technology & Society

Curriculum Newsletter of the Lehigh University STS Program

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Reconstructing the Levees

The Politics of Flooding in Nineteenth-century Louisiana

Author: Cynthia R. Poe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Flood control

Page: 291

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Whiteness in Zimbabwe

race, landscape, and the problem of belonging

Author: David McDermott Hughes

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230621435

Category: History

Page: 204

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Here is a look at how our relationship to the land is shaped by historical migration, conquest, and long-term residence. European settler societies have a long history of establishing a sense of belonging and entitlement outside Europe, but Zimbabwe has proven to be the exception to the rule. Arriving in the 1890s, white settlers never comprised more than a tiny minority. Instead of grafting themselves onto local societies, they adopted a strategy of escape by fashioning the landscape. While imagining natives away, white writers, painters, photographers and even farmers crafted an ideal of settler-as-nature-lover. Hughes examines the ways in which white identity and conservation in Zimbabwe have co-produced each other over the years.
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BC Studies

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: British Columbia

Page: N.A

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Doing Good by Doing Well

Entrepreneurial Environmentalism in the American West

Author: Jennifer Lauren Sokolove

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 844

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Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment

Architectural Design

Author: David Gissen

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780470721650

Category: Architecture

Page: 136

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Advancing a new relationship between architecture and nature, Territory emphasises the simultaneous production of architectural objects and the environment surrounding them. Conceptualised within a framework that draws from physical and human geographical thought, this title of Architectural Design examines the possibility of an architecture that actively produces its external, ecological conditions. The architecture here scans and modifies atmospheres, arboreal zones, geothermal exchange, magnetic fields, habitats and toxicities – enabling new and intense geographical patterns, effects and sensations within architectural and urban experience. Territory charts out a space, a territory, for architecture beyond conceptualisations of context or environment, understood as that stable setting which pre-exists the production of new things. Ultimately, it suggests a role for architecture as a strategy of environmental tinkering versus one of accommodation or balance with an external natural world.
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Currents and Undercurrents

An Administrative History of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington

Author: Kathryn L. McKay,Nancy F. Renk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (Wash.)

Page: 588

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The Bureau of Reclamation

Origins and Growth to 1945

Author: William D. Rowley

Publisher: Reclamation Bureau

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 512

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On cover: Reclamation, Managing Water in the West. Tells the history of the Bureau of Reclamation from 1902-1945.
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