Rivers of North America

Rivers of North America

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AWARDS:
2006 Outstanding Academic Title, by CHOICE

The 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Best Reference 2005, by the Library Journal

Rivers of North America is an important reference for scientists, ecologists, and students studying rivers and their ecosystems. It brings together information from several regional specialists on the major river basins of North America, presented in a large-format, full-color book. The introduction covers general aspects of geology, hydrology, ecology and human impacts on rivers. This is followed by 22 chapters on the major river basins. Each chapter begins with a full-page color photograph and includes several additional photographs within the text. These chapters feature three to five rivers of the basin/region, and cover several other rivers with one-page summaries. Rivers selected for coverage include the largest, the most natural, and the most affected by human impact.

This one-of-a-kind resource is professionally illustrated with maps and color photographs of the key river basins. Readers can compare one river system to another in terms of its physiography, hydrology, ecology, biodiversity, and human impacts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1168 pages
  • 221 x 279.4 x 48.3mm | 2,834.99g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 150 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0120882531
  • 9780120882533
  • 2,129,745

Table of contents

Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Background and Approach
2. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Northeastern United States
3. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States
4. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States
5. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southwestern United States
6. Lower Mississippi River and its Tributaries
7. Southern Plains Rivers
8. Upper Mississippi River Basin
9. Ohio River Basin
10. Missouri River Basin
11. Colorado River Basin
12. Pacific Coast Rivers of the Coterminous United States
13. Columbia River Basin
14. Great Basin Rivers
15. Fraser River Basin
16. Pacific Coast Rivers of Canada and Alaska
17. Yukon River Basin
18. Mackenzie River Basin
19. Nelson and Churchill River Basins
20. Rivers of Arctic North America
21. Atlantic Coast Rivers of Canada
22. St. Lawrence River Basin
23. Rivers of Mexico
24. Overview and Prospects
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names for Plants, Vertebrates, and Selected Invertebrates
Glossary
Index
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Review quote

"...They have provided a starting point for investigating our rivers and given us the tools for understanding how our rivers function..."
-David R. Lenat, Raleigh, North Carolina, JOURNAL OF NORTH AMERICAN BENTHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

"...Art Benke and Bert Cushing have produced a monumental work that will serve as a basic comparative reference for many years."
-Whit Gibbons, in AIKEN STANDARD

"...unique and beautifully illustrated..."
- Robert Ridinger, Electronic Information Resources Management, Northern Illinois University, for E-STREAMS

"...outstanding reference...an enormous amount of excellent information that is not available from any other single source... new source of knowledge...Essential."
- M. J. Zwolinski, University of Arizona, in CHOICE

"...an encyclopedic resource for anyone who loves rivers or wishes to learn about them... Well structured, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated..."
-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION

"...an excellent compendium, the first comprehensive treatment of North American rivers."
- Elizabeth A. Bergey, University of Oklahoma, for LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY BULLETIN

"This is a remarkable accomplishment...Well structured, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated with photos and maps..."
- Kaye L. Brubaker, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

"This is a volume that all devotees of rivers--scientists, resource managers, anglers, boaters, and the lay reader--definitely will want to own."
- Kenneth W. Cummins, Co-Director, Institute for River Ecosystems, Humboldt State University, California

"Grand in design, scope and execution...an indispensable guide...Superb graphics and stunning photographs enrich the book's wealth of scientific detail."
- James R. Karr, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle

"Encyclopedic in scope...condenses the wisdom and insight of regional experts into readable syntheses and informative one-page fact sheets...an invaluable resource."
- Judy L. Meyer, Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia

"Rivers of North America...could be as useful on a cross-country trip as in a personal library for reading and reference."
- William M. Lewis, University of Colorado, Boulder

"The first interdisciplinary perspective on...rivers and associated ecosystems...an invaluable reference and benchmark for biologists, hydrologists, planners, and policy makers."
- Alan P. Covich, Professor and Director, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

"This volume is a must....It should be the standard reference on North American rivers for a long time to come."
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance, from the Foreword
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"This group of authors includes most of the leading experts in the ecology of North American rivers. They have provided a starting point for investigating our rivers and given us the tools for understanding how our rivers function. Now it is time for us to get to work!"
-David R. Lenat, Raleigh, North Carolina, JOURNAL OF NORTH AMERICAN BENTHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

"Clearly a massive undertaking, the work consolidates facts about individual rivers, from geomorphology, hydrology, and water chemistry to biodiversity and ecology...The book's foreword was written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his capacity as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental organization focused on protecting rivers. As he says about the book, 'you will find a few remaining pristine rivers that deserve conservation as benchmark systems.' On the other hand, he notes that a reader will also find that some North American rivers 'have major problems...for which radical and immediate CPR is required.' The book indeed has details about the environmental good and bad for virtually all the continent's major rivers. Art Benke and Bert Cushing have produced a monumental work that will serve as a basic comparative reference for many years. The book is also useful for people who want to reminisce about their favorite rivers."
- Whit Gibbons, in AIKEN STANDARD

"...the first comprehensive effort to detail the current state of the continent's rivers. This marvelous resource began as a coffee-table book. Four years later, ambitiously expanded, it covers more than 200 rivers, from southern Mexico to the Arctic. Its 22 chapters, written by scientists and hydrologists, discuss specific basins or regions such as the Colorado River Basin and the Pacific Coast rivers of Canada and Alaska. Rivers describes the physiography, geomorphology, hydrology, biodiversity and ecology of each system, in addition to detailing human impacts and special features. Winner of a 2005 Award for Excellence in Projects and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers and a Library Journal Best Reference Work citation, this large-format, full-color volume contains copious maps and illustrations...The well-organized book conveys the 'bewildering heritage' of the continent's rivers and examines contemporary challenges."
- Irene Wanner for HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

"This unique and beautifully illustrated volume fills a gap in the reference literature of conservation biology, geography, geology, ecology, and hydrology by providing information on more than two hundred rivers...A particularly valuable and attractive feature of the book is its detailed maps of each river system, created from data held in the major cartographic datasets of the US Geological Survey, Canada's GeoGratis, and Mexico's Hydrolk Elevation Derivative Database...this book should be acquired by all public library systems, museum libraries, regional historical societies and special collections, corporate libraries in firms involved with river management, and college and university libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in biology, conservation ecology, hydrology, geography, geology and agriculture."
- Robert Ridinger, Electronic Information Resources Management, Northern Illinois University, for E-STREAMS

"This outstanding reference comprehensively evaluates the status of over 200 major North American river systems from southern Mexico to the Arctic...Each chapter has the same format, which allows readers to compare a river's physical, biological, hydrological, and ecological characteristics with those in other regions. All chapters contain an introduction describing basin landscape, physiographic and climatic attributes; a one page summary on up to 12 rivers, including a basin map and graphs of mean monthly temperature, precipitation, and runoff; and expanded text, augmented by color photographs, for up to five 'focus' rivers per chapter...Of special value is the detailed information p "This group of authors includes most of the leading experts in the ecology of North American rivers. They have provided a starting point for investigating our rivers and given us the tools for understanding how our rivers function. Now it is time for us to get to work!"
-David R. Lenat, Raleigh, North Carolina, JOURNAL OF NORTH AMERICAN BENTHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

"Clearly a massive undertaking, the work consolidates facts about individual rivers, from geomorphology, hydrology, and water chemistry to biodiversity and ecology...The book's foreword was written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his capacity as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental organization focused on protecting rivers. As he says about the book, 'you will find a few remaining pristine rivers that deserve conservation as benchmark systems.' On the other hand, he notes that a reader will also find that some North American rivers 'have major problems...for which radical and immediate CPR is required.' The book indeed has details about the environmental good and bad for virtually all the continent's major rivers. Art Benke and Bert Cushing have produced a monumental work that will serve as a basic comparative reference for many years. The book is also useful for people who want to reminisce about their favorite rivers."
- Whit Gibbons, in AIKEN STANDARD

"...the first comprehensive effort to detail the current state of the continent's rivers. This marvelous resource began as a coffee-table book. Four years later, ambitiously expanded, it covers more than 200 rivers, from southern Mexico to the Arctic. Its 22 chapters, written by scientists and hydrologists, discuss specific basins or regions such as the Colorado River Basin and the Pacific Coast rivers of Canada and Alaska. Rivers describes the physiography, geomorphology, hydrology, biodiversity and ecology of each system, in addition to detailing human impacts and special features. Winner of a 2005 Award for Excellence in Projects and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers and a Library Journal Best Reference Work citation, this large-format, full-color volume contains copious maps and illustrations...The well-organized book conveys the 'bewildering heritage' of the continent's rivers and examines contemporary challenges."
- Irene Wanner for HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

"This unique and beautifully illustrated volume fills a gap in the reference literature of conservation biology, geography, geology, ecology, and hydrology by providing information on more than two hundred rivers...A particularly valuable and attractive feature of the book is its detailed maps of each river system, created from data held in the major cartographic datasets of the US Geological Survey, Canada's GeoGratis, and Mexico's Hydrolk Elevation Derivative Database...this book should be acquired by all public library systems, museum libraries, regional historical societies and special collections, corporate libraries in firms involved with river management, and college and university libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in biology, conservation ecology, hydrology, geography, geology and agriculture."
- Robert Ridinger, Electronic Information Resources Management, Northern Illinois University, for E-STREAMS

"This outstanding reference comprehensively evaluates the status of over 200 major North American river systems from southern Mexico to the Arctic...Each chapter has the same format, which allows readers to compare a river's physical, biological, hydrological, and ecological characteristics with those in other regions. All chapters contain an introduction describing basin landscape, physiographic and climatic attributes; a one page summary on up to 12 rivers, including a basin map and graphs of mean monthly temperature, precipitation, and runoff; and expanded text, augmented by color photographs, for up to five 'focus' rivers per chapter...Of special value is the detailed information p
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