John F. Ross - The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

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John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is best known for leading the first successful expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But that momentous feat was not the end of Powell’s career. Ross, former editor of American Heritage and award-winning author of Enduring Courage and War on the Run, vividly recreates Powell’s historic trip, then charts the wider legacy he left to the nation as a scientist and land-management pioneer. The second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Powell advocated irrigation, dams, and reservoirs and was a key figure in creating the infrastructure that tapped the Colorado as a water source for Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. At the same time, he was sensitive to the vulnerabilities of the West’s ecosystem; predicting both the 1930s dustbowl and today’s water scarcities, he initiated the first national discussions of sustainability.

 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525429876
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Published: Viking - July 3rd, 2018

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