Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River (Hardback)Kenna Lang Archer (author)
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The vast majority of projects proposed or constructed in this watershed were failures, undone by the geology of the river as much as the cost of improvement. When developers erected locks, the river changed course. When they built large-scale dams, floodwaters overflowed the concrete rims. When they constructed levees, the soils collapsed. Yet lawmakers and laypeople, boosters and engineers continued to work toward improving the river and harnessing it for various uses.
Through the plight of the Brazos River Archer illuminates the broader commentary on the efforts to tame this nation's rivers as well as its historical perspectives on development and technology. The struggle to overcome nature, Archer notes, reflects a quintessentially American faith in technology.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
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