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John Wesley Powell (1834–1902)

Autor(a) de The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

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About the Author

Powell was born in western New York. His family later moved to Ohio and then to Wisconsin, where he began his adult life as a teacher. For about nine years, he taught and took time to study at colleges in Ohio and Illinois. When the Civil War began, he enlisted and quickly rose to the rank of mostrar mais major, laying out roads and designing bridges. Powell was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh and lost his right arm. Because of these events, for the remainder of his life he was referred to as Major Powell or One-arm Powell. After the war, he organized several expeditions down the Colorado River, which heretofore had not come under scientific study. It was during these trips and others that he formulated the concept of base level and antecedent streams. Although his ideas and observations are noteworthy, Powell was not a prolific writer, and his writings were not scholarly in style. Powell became the president of the U.S. Geological Survey, a position from which he lobbied congressmen and senators for funding for topographic mapping and technical reports. He was a strong proponent of developing the American West on a sound and realistic foundation. Powell died in Maine during the summer of 1902. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de John Wesley Powell

Down the Colorado (1969) 156 cópias
Canyons of the Colorado (1981) 29 cópias
The Arid Lands (2004) 19 cópias
A RIVER RUNNING WEST 1 exemplar(es)
Sixth Annual Report 1 exemplar(es)
Design of aerostatic bearings, (1970) 1 exemplar(es)

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This is like an adventure novel and a travel journal, boring at times, interesting and readable others.
mykl-s | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 11, 2023 |
Classic read about the first major expedition of the Colorado river area. Great descriptions of the landscape and the adventures of the crew. Also interesting to read about the interaction of Powell and his team with local Indian tribes and description of their different cultures
Crystal199 | outras 5 resenhas | Jun 27, 2022 |
Though plain spoken in describing the portages in such canyons the immensity of the landscape and the task undertaken by Powell and his men permeated the read. Truly an awesome undertaken. And his descriptions of side canyons and Indians that inhabited these areas in the early 1870s were very interesting and unsentimental. A very enlightening though sometimes tedious read.
JBreedlove | outras 5 resenhas | Jun 2, 2016 |



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