A world of rivers: environmental change on ten of the world's great rivers.

A world of rivers: environmental change on ten of the world's great rivers. Ellen Wohl.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Octavo, photographs, dustwrapper.

Explores the confluence of human and environmental change on ten of the great rivers of the world. Ranging from the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Yellow River in China to Central Europe's Danube and the Mississippi, the book journeys down the most important rivers in all corners of the globe. Wohl shows us how pollution, such as in the Ganges and in the Ob of Siberia, has affected biodiversity in the water. But rivers are also resilient, and Wohl stresses the importance of conservation and restoration to help reverse the effects of human carelessness and hubris. What all these diverse rivers share is a critical role in shaping surrounding landscapes and biological communities, and Wohl's book ultimately makes a strong case for the need to steward positive change in the world's great rivers. Also available in paperback [stock id 34995].

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