The University of Wisconsin Press
Natural History / History / Midwest Studies / Environment
The Upper Mississippi in Ancient and Modern Times
"More complete and comprehensive than any book I know."
James W. Eckblad, Department of Biology, Luther College
This engaging and well-illustrated primer to the Upper Mississippi River presents the basic natural and human history of this magnificent waterway. Immortal River is written for the educated layperson who would like to know more about the river's history and the forces that shape as well as threaten it today. It melds complex information from the fields of geology, ecology, geography, anthropology, and history into a readable, chronological story that spans some 500 million years of the earth's history.
Like the Mississippi itself, Immortal River often leaves the main channel to explore the river's backwaters, floodplain, and drainage basin. The book's focus is the Upper Mississippi, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois. But it also includes information about the river's headwaters in northern Minnesota and about the Lower Mississippi from Cairo south to the river's mouth ninety miles below New Orleans. It offers an understanding of the basic geology underlying the river's landscapes, ecology, environmental problems, and grandeur.
Calvin Fremling (1929–2010) was professor emeritus of biology at Winona State University and former aquatic ecologist at the Resources Studies Center, St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He has written numerous articles on the environment and the Mississippi River.
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472 pp. 6 x 9
42 b/w illus., 1 table
The cloth edition is out of print, however, the 2004 paperback is still available.
Paper $34.95 t
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