Tim Palmer America by Rivers

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Photographer and writer Tim Palmer has spent more than 25 years researching and experiencing life on the waterways of the American continent. He has travelled by canoe or raft on more than 300 different rivers, down wide placid streams and rough raging rapids. His journeys have taken him to every corner of the country, where he has witnessed and described the unique interaction of geographical, historical, and cultural forces that act upon our nation's vital arteries.America by Rivers represents the culmination of that grand adventure. Palmer describes the rivers of America in all their remaining glory and tarnished beauty, as he presents a comprehensive tour of the whole of America's river systems. Filled with important new information as well as data gathered from hundreds of published sources, America by Rivers covers: the network of American waterways and how they fit together to form river systems unique features of individual rivers along with their size, length, and biological importance environmental problems affecting the rivers of different regions and what is being done to protect and restore them cultural connections and conflicts surrounding the rivers of each region Chapters address the character of rivers in distinct regions of the country, and each chapter highlights one river with a detailed view from the water. Rivers profiled include the Penobscot, Potomac, Suwanee, Minnesota, Niobara, Salmon, Rio Grande, American, Rogue, and Sheenjek. Eighteen maps guide the reader across the country and 100 photos illustrate the splendor of Palmer's fascinating subject.America by Rivers provides a new way of seeing our country, one that embraces the entire landscape and offers fresh avenues to adventure. It is compelling reading for anyone concerned about the health of our land and the future of our waterways.

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Tim Palmer is the author and photographer of 23 books about rivers, the environment, adventure travel, and the American landscape. His Island Press titles include The Sierra Nevada: A Mountain Journey (1988), The Snake River: Window to the West (1991), California's Threatened Environment (1993), The Wild and Scenic Rivers of America (1993), Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation (1994), America by Rivers (1996), The Heart of America: Our Landscape, Our Future (1999, winner of the Independent Publishers Award), and Pacific High: Adventures in the Coast Ranges from Baja to Alaska (2002, finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Book Award).
Tim is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers, and Conservation Achievement Award for Communications from the National Wildlife Federation. He frequently speaks and presents slide programs for public audiences and college classes nationwide. Learn more at www.timpalmer.org.

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A seasoned, amiable, well-fashioned tour of the nation's waterways, trickle to torrent, from Palmer (Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, not reviewed). The United States has never treated her rivers well. Dredged, channelized, diverted, dammed, developed, overfished, insulted one way or another, our running waters are orphans, neglected, then forgotten. Palmer comes to sing their praises, giving readers the low-down on their pleasures; he wants us to know what glories run out there, to see all that we have been missing. Ten specific riverine environments are distinguished, from Northeast to Sierra Nevada, Coastal Plain to Alaska (Hawaii, with its Waimea, Hanapepe, and other watercourses, gets the bum's rush, for reasons unknown). Each environment receives the same no-frills treatment from Palmer- -he steers clear of the poetic mode, though he does offer an exultant yawp or two--starting with a regional overview to get a taste of the place, a brief glimpse (biology, cultural history, environmental risks, physiographic features, geological structures) of the principal waterways, then the best part, a detailed vignette of one river typifying the area. Palmer's selections are impeccable: the Penobscot, Potomac, Suwanee, Minnesota, Niobrara, Salmon, Rio Grande, American, Rogue, and Sheenjek; they avoid the most egregiously polluted, the most primly maintained, the blue-ribbon fisheries, the obvious. These river trips allow Palmer to get on a first-name basis with the water; describe its birds and fish and citizenry; pound through a few mean rapids; camp in some sublime, and some godawful, settings; talk with riverkeepers, river conservationists, river aficionados; they give him, in short, a chance to relax and get anecdotal, forgetting about cubic-feet-per-second flow rates for a spell. Palmer is one earnest, informed river rat, a guide to be trusted. (100 photos, 18 maps, not seen) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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