Of rock and rivers: seeking a sense of place in the American West

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University of California Press,
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c2009.
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This beautifully written and deeply personal collection of essays paints a progressive view of the American West as seen by a geologist. Ellen Wohl traces her twenty years of living and conducting research in the natural landscapes of the West as she investigates the conflict between environmental history and widely held romanticized views of the region. Wohl grew up in Ohio, subscribing to a common perception of the American West as an unchanged frontier. Moving to Arizona, she became enthralled with how the landscapes and ecosystems of the West have undergone change, both through geologic time and during the historical era of European settlement. These essays tell of her early training as a geomorphologist and provide a memorable account of her research in the rivers of the West. As the lessons accrue, Wohl gives us the benefit of her experience and shows how years of studying and living in the Colorado Rockies have enhanced her understanding of landscape change through time. Building on the literary tradition of Joseph Wood Krutch, Terry Tempest Williams, and John McPhee, Wohl provides an up-to-date portrait of the West and brings a new urgency to the call for conservation of the region's land, water, and resources.
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9780520257030
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subject_facet Geological time, Geology -- West (U.S.), Human ecology -- West (U.S.), Landscape changes -- West (U.S.), River channels -- West (U.S.), Rivers -- West (U.S.)
table_of_contents The Western reserve -- A sense of space -- River days: paradise found -- River days: paradise lost -- The delicate strength of rock -- The Western rampart -- Where the winds live -- Colorado burning -- Let it snow! -- Equifinality -- What is natural? -- The disillusioned angler -- Poisoning the well -- Adventures in the still unknown interior of North America.
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