Where the River Flows

Scientific Reflections on Earth's Waterways

Author: Sean W. Fleming

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400885027

Category: Science

Page: 216

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The vital interconnections that rivers share with the land, the sky, and us Rivers are essential to civilization and even life itself, yet how many of us truly understand how they work? Why do rivers run where they do? Where do their waters actually come from? How can the same river flood one year and then dry up the next? Where the River Flows takes you on a majestic journey along the planet's waterways, providing a scientist's reflections on the vital interconnections that rivers share with the land, the sky, and us. Sean Fleming draws on examples ranging from common backyard creeks to powerful and evocative rivers like the Mississippi, Yangtze, Thames, and Congo. Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of rivers through the lens of applied physics, using abundant graphics and intuitive analogies to explore the surprising connections between watershed hydrology and the world around us. Fleming explains how river flows fluctuate like stock markets, what "digital rainbows" can tell us about climate change and its effects on water supply, how building virtual watersheds in silicon may help avoid the predicted water wars of the twenty-first century, and much more. Along the way, you will learn what some of the most exciting ideas in science—such as communications theory, fractals, and even artificial life—reveal about the life of rivers. Where the River Flows offers a new understanding of the profound interrelationships that rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies, and shows how startling new insights are possible when scientists are willing to think outside the disciplinary box.

Inland Navigation System Planning

The Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway

Author: National Research Council,Transportation Research Board,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee to Review the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation System Feasibility Study

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309074056

Category: Nature

Page: 130

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In 1988, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began an investigation of the benefits and costs of extending several locks on the lower portion of the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway (UMR-IWW) in order to relieve increasing waterway congestion, particularly for grain moving to New Orleans for export. With passage of the Flood Control Act of 1936, Congress required that the Corps conduct a benefit-cost analysis as part of its water resources project planning; Congress will fund water resources projects only if a project's benefits exceed its costs. As economic analysis generally, and benefit-cost analysis in particular, has become more sophisticated, and as environmental and social considerations and analysis have become more important, Corps planning studies have grown in size and complexity. The difficulty in commensurating market and nonmarket costs and benefits also presents the Corps with a significant challenge. The Corps' analysis of the UMR-IWW has extended over a decade, has cost roughly $50 million, and has involved consultations with other federal agencies, state conservation agencies, and local citizens. The analysis has included many consultants and has produced dozens of reports. In February 2000, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) requested that the National Academies review the Corps' final feasibility report. After discussions and negotiations with DOD, in April 2000 the National Academies launched this review and appointed an expert committee to carry it out.

Review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Restructured Upper Mississippi-Illinois River Waterway Feasibility Study

Author: National Research Council,Transportation Research Board,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee to Review the Corps of Engineers Restructured Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Draft Feasibility Study

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309182362

Category: Science

Page: 65

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a long history of managing navigation, floods, and other water-related issues on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. A recent chapter in that history is the problem of waterway congestion at several locks on the lower portion of the Upper Mississippi River. The Corps has studied this problem and its possible solutions since the late 1980s, producing a draft feasibility study in 2000 and an interim report on a restructured feasibility study in 2002. A committee was convened to review and provide advice on the most recent phase of the Corps' analytical efforts.

The Meaning of Rivers

Flow and Reflection in American Literature

Author: T. S. McMillin

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 158729978X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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In the continental United States, rivers serve to connect state to state, interior with exterior, the past to the present, but they also divide places and peoples from one another. These connections and divisions have given rise to a diverse body of literature that explores American nature, ranging from travel accounts of seventeenth-century Puritan colonists to magazine articles by twenty-first-century enthusiasts of extreme sports. Using pivotal American writings to determine both what literature can tell us about rivers and, conversely, how rivers help us think about the nature of literature, The Meaning of Rivers introduces readers to the rich world of flowing water and some of the different ways in which American writers have used rivers to understand the world through which these waters flow. Embracing a hybrid, essayistic form—part literary theory, part cultural history, and part fieldwork—The Meaning of Rivers connects the humanities to other disciplines and scholarly work to the land. Whether developing a theory of palindromes or reading works of American literature as varied as Henry David Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and James Dickey’s Deliverance, McMillin urges readers toward a transcendental retracing of their own interpretive encounters. The nature of texts and the nature of “nature” require diverse and versatile interpretation; interpretation requires not only depth and concentration but also imaginative thinking, broad-mindedness, and engaged connection-making. By taking us upstream as well as down, McMillin draws attention to the potential of rivers for improving our sense of place and time.

The Michigan Alumnus

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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In v.1-8 the final number consists of the Commencement annual.

Bridges Over Water

Understanding Transboundary Water Conflict, Negotiation and Cooperation Second

Author: Ariel Dinar,Shlomi Dinar,Stephen McCaffrey,Daene McKinney

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9814436674

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

View: 7095

Bridges over Water places the study of transboundary water conflicts, negotiation, and cooperation in the context of various disciplines, such as international relations, international law, international negotiations, and economics. It demonstrates their application, using various quantitative approaches, such as river basin modeling, quantitative negotiation theory, and game theory. Case-studies of particular transboundary river basins, lakes, and aquifers are also considered. This second edition updates the literature on international water and in-depth analyses on political developments and cooperation between riparian states. With an appended chapter on principles and practices of negotiation, and a new case study on the La Plata Basin, this edition is a timely update to the field of transboundary water studies.

Stream Ecology

The Structure and Function of Running Waters

Author: J. David Allan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780412355301

Category: Nature

Page: 388

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This text emphasizes the ecological processes that influence community organization and ecosystem function in running waters. After providing an introduction to the physical and chemical circumstances of running water, there is an analysis of the biology and ecology of these systems, covering the following topics: the ecological role of autotrophic and heterotrophic energy producers; the trophic ecology of consumer organisms in lotic food webs; the community ecology of flowing waters, including herbivory, predation and competition, and their integration with abiotic factors in determining community organization; downstream drift; the dynamics of organic matter and of elements, including the concepts of mass balance and spiralling; the effects of humans on river systems; management and conservation of rivers and their biota.

National Waterways Roundtable

proceedings, history, regional development, technology, a look ahead

Author: U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources

Publisher: N.A


Category: Inland navigation

Page: 707

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National Waterways Roundtable Papers

Proceedings on the History and Evolution of U.S. Waterways and Ports

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dredging

Page: 232

View: 1966

The Natural Law of Cycles

Governing the Mobile Symmetries of Animals and Machines

Author: James H. Bunn

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412851408

Category: Science

Page: 384

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The Natural Law of Cycles assembles scientific work from different disciplines to show how research on angular momentum and rotational symmetry can be used to develop a law of energy cycles as a local and global influence. Angular momentum regulates small-scale rotational cycles such as the swimming of fish in water, the running of animals on land, and the flight of birds in air. Also, it regulates large-scale rotation cycles such as global currents of wind and water. James H. Bunn introduces concepts of symmetry, balance, and angular momentum, showing how together they shape the mobile symmetries of animals. Chapter 1 studies the configurations of animals as they move in a head-first direction. Chapter 2 shows how sea animals follow currents and tides generated by the rotational cycles of the earth. In chapter 3, Bunn explores the biomechanical pace of walking as a partial cycle of rotating limbs. On a large scale, angular momentum governs balanced shifts in plate tectonics. Chapter 4 begins with an examination of rotational wind patterns in terms of the counter-balancing forces of angular momentum. The author shows how these winds augment the flights of birds during migrations. A final chapter centers on the conservation of energy as the most basic principle of science. Bunn argues that in the nineteenth century the unity of nature was seen in the emergent concept of energy, not matter, as the source of power, including the movements of animals and machines. In each chapter Bunn features environmental writers who celebrate mobile symmetries. This book will interest students, naturalists, and advocates of the environmental movement.

A Voice of Reason

Reflections on Australia

Author: Ian Lowe

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702244937

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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Can civilization survive the 21st century? Professor Ian Lowe, author, pre-eminent scientist and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, thinks we have a chance--but we have to act now, and not just on global warming. Here, collected for the first time, are Lowe's views on topics that concern all Australians--the environment, culture, science, politics, education, technology and the economy, along with new pieces on Australia's outlook this century. Written in Lowe's accessible and engaging style, this collection of essays and opinion pieces is a resource for change based on common sense rather than fear-mongering. Informative, challenging and incisive, A Voice of Reason: Reflections on Australia will inspire you to make a difference.

Hydraulic Engineering III

Proceedings of the 3rd Technical Conference on Hydraulic Engineering (CHE 2014), Hong Kong, 13-14 December 2014

Author: Liquan Xie

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315715988

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 410

View: 1253

Hydraulic research is developing beyond the borders of traditional civil engineering to meet increasing demands in natural hazards, structural safety assessment and also environmental research. Hydraulic Engineering III contains 62 technical papers from the 3rd Technical Conference on Hydraulic Engineering (CHE 2014, Hong Kong, 13-14 December 2014), including the 2014 Structural and Civil Engineering Workshop (SCEW 2014) and the 4th Workshop on Environment and Safety Engineering (WESE 2014). The contributions reflect recent advances, discuss problems and identify challenges associated with engineering applications in hydraulic engineering, and showcase recent developments in the areas of hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering, and other related fields. Hydraulic Engineering III includes a wide variety of topics: hydraulic engineering (river engineering and sediment transport, waterway engineering, flood hazards and innovative control measures, geotechnical aspects in hydraulic engineering, rainfall modelling, water resources and water treatment, hydraulic structures, modelling technology in hydraulic engineering), structural and civil engineering (mechanics in engineering, and new structural advances such as reinforced concrete beam by high titanium blast furnace slag), and environmental issues (environmental fluid dynamics, environmental hydraulics and hydrology, and the environmental prediction and control techniques in waste and pollution, water pollution and ecosystem degradation, coastal engineering). Hydraulic Engineering III will be invaluable to academics and professionals in both hydraulic and environmental engineering.

Leben auf dem Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: nexx verlag gmbh

ISBN: 3958705804

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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»Leben auf dem Mississippi«, der 1883 erschienene, autobiographische Bericht beschreibt Mark Twains Leben als Lotse von 1857 bis 1861 auf verschiedenen Mississippi-Dampfern und das bunte, abenteuerliche Leben auf dem Fluss. »Nach dem fernen Westen« schildert seine Erlebnisse und Eindrücke, die er während einer zwanzigtägigen Fahrt mit der Postkutsche von St. Joseph nach Carson City, Nevadas Hauptstadt, erlebte.


Environment, Politics, People

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Conservation of natural resources

Page: N.A

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