Discussion worksheets for popular literature readings on river processes and policy
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- Cadillac Desert Ch. 1, 3, 4: drainage basins, flow in channels
- Life on the Mississippi: basin and channel hydrology, canoe trip, erosion and sediment transport, channel forms, channel patterns
- Control of Nature Ch. 1: sediment deposition, delta formation
- Cadillac Desert Ch. 11, 12: longitudinal profiles
- Control of Nature Ch. 3: channel-head processes
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Reisner, Mark, 1993, Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (Revised and Updated): New York, Penguin, 582 p.
Book review of Cadillac Desert
Clemens, Samuel, 1883, Life on the Mississippi (multiple editions).
Available online at http://www.online-literature.com/twain/life_mississippi
McPhee, John, 1989, The Control of Nature: New York, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 272 p.
More information at http://us.macmillan.com/Book.aspx?isbn=9780374708498
Excerpt from the New Yorker magazine: Atchafalaya