The Mississippi : a visual biography

Scott, Quinta, 1941-

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  • Creator Quinta Scott
  • Format Books
  • Publication Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2010] ©2010
  • Physical Details
    • x, 404 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 x 29 cm
  • ISBNs 9780826218407, 0826218407
  • OCLC ocn277196207


  • "A photographic documentation of the Mississippi River, illustrating the geographical and botanical features of the river and its wetlands. Using 200 color photographs and accompanying vignettes, Scott explains how we have changed each site depicted, how we try to manage and restore it, and the wildlife that occupies it"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Assembling the Mississippi basin -- Shaping the master river : the last glacier -- European exploration and political control of the Mississippi -- Managing the Mississippi for flood control and navigation to 1860 -- Improving the river for navigation after the Civil War -- Logging and draining the floodplain -- The beginnings of the restoration movement -- The flood of 1927 -- Reengineering the lower and upper Mississippi -- The beginnings of the environmental movement -- Reengineering the Atchafalaya -- The Water Resources Development Act, 1965-1986 -- Restoration efforts on the upper Mississippi -- The flood of 1993 : lessons not learned -- Middle Mississippi restoration -- Restoration efforts on the lower Mississippi -- Managing the delta for oil, gas, and navigation -- Restoring the Louisiana coast -- The flood of 2005 : the law of unintended consequences -- Restoration efforts : the managed river -- Congress and the Corps -- The headwaters -- The upper Mississippi -- The western lowlands and the white river basin -- The eastern lowlands -- The Yazoo basin -- The Arkansas lowlands, the Boeuf basin, and the Tensas basin -- The Mississippi meander belt -- The Atchafalaya basin -- The delta : introduction -- The Teche delta and Vermilion basin -- The terrebonne basin -- Barataria basin and the Lafourche, St. Bernard, and modern deltas -- Barrier islands of the Lafourche delta -- The Lake Pontchartrain basin -- Breton Sound and the Birdfoot delta
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