River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan [NOOK Book]

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The authors recount twelve millennia of history along the lower San Juan River, much of it the story of mostly unsuccessful human attempts to make a living from the river's arid and fickle environment. From the Anasazi to government dam builders, from Navajo to Mormon herders and farmers, from scientific explorers to busted miners, the San Juan has attracted more attention and fueled more hopes than such a remote, unpromising, and muddy stream would seem to merit.

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River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan

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Overview

The authors recount twelve millennia of history along the lower San Juan River, much of it the story of mostly unsuccessful human attempts to make a living from the river's arid and fickle environment. From the Anasazi to government dam builders, from Navajo to Mormon herders and farmers, from scientific explorers to busted miners, the San Juan has attracted more attention and fueled more hopes than such a remote, unpromising, and muddy stream would seem to merit.

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Editorial Reviews

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The "life" of the San Juan River is traced in this readable volume, which will appeal to the general public, as well as students and professionals interested in the earth sciences, the environment, anthropology, and US history. The River's geology is described in detail, before Aton (Southern Utah U.) and McPherson (College of Eastern Utah) turn to an in-depth study of the civilizations that lived by the River from prehistory through the present and the changes the River and the life in and around it endured as a result. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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James Aton and Robert McPherson successfully collaborate to present a succinct environmental history of the Lower San Juan river in River Flowing From The Sunrise. Profusely illustrated throughout with period photos, this seminal survey ranges from the Clovis Hunters and Corn Farmers of prehistory, to views of the region as "sacred land" by Navajos, Paiutes, and Utes. River Flowing From The Sunrise presents a fascinating and informative history of exploration and geological science defining the river; and presents chapters dedicated to livestock, agriculture, city building, mining, the impact of the federal government with dams and river wildlife; and the role of local and national values with respect to the San Juan's symbolisms and realities. River Flowing From The Sunrise concludes with a superb epilogue "Visions: Flowing from the Sunrise or a Water Spigot?". The highly recommended, accessible, reader friendly text is enhanced with notes, a bibliography, and an index. River Flowing From The Sunrise could well serve as a template for similar environmental histories of other major and minor rivers elsewhere in the country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457180804
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 39 MB
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Table of Contents

Foreword: A River in Time
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Twelve Millennia on the San Juan 1
Ch. I Prehistory: From Clovis Hunters to Corn Farmers 13
Ch. II Navajos, Paiutes, and Utes: Views of a Sacred Land 29
Ch. III Exploration and Science: Defining Terra Incognita 42
Ch. IV Livestock: Cows, Feed, and Floods 65
Ch. V Agriculture: Ditches, Droughts, and Disasters 84
Ch. VI City Building: Farming the Triad 99
Ch. VII Mining: Black and Yellow Gold in Redrock Country 113
Ch. VIII The Federal Government: Dams, Tamarisk, and Pikeminnows 129
Ch. IX San Juan of the Imagination: Local and National Values 150
Epilogue: Visions: Flowing from the Sunrise or a Water Spigot? 167
Notes 172
Bibliography 198
Index 212
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