By Ellen Wohl

ISBN-10: 022600760X

ISBN-13: 9780226007601

ISBN-10: 0226904784

ISBN-13: 9780226904788

Far from being the serene, normal streams of yore, sleek rivers were diverted, dammed, dumped in, and dried up, all in efforts to harness their energy for human wishes. yet those rivers have additionally passed through environmental swap. The outdated adage says you can’t step within the related river two times, and Ellen Wohl may agree—natural and artificial swap are so speedy at the world’s nice waterways that rivers are remodeling and disappearing correct ahead of our eyes.

            A international of Rivers explores the confluence of human and environmental switch on ten of the good rivers of the realm. starting from the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Yellow River in China to crucial Europe’s Danube and the us’ Mississippi, the booklet trips down an important rivers in all corners of the globe. Wohl indicates us how toxins, equivalent to within the Ganges and within the Ob of Siberia, has affected biodiversity within the water. yet rivers also are resilient, and Wohl stresses the significance of conservation and recovery to assist opposite the results of human carelessness and hubris.

            What a lot of these various rivers percentage is a severe position in shaping surrounding landscapes and organic groups, and Wohl’s e-book finally makes a powerful case for the necessity to steward optimistic switch within the world’s nice rivers.

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