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America's Achilles' Heel: the Mississippi River's Old River Control Structure

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I think there may be an old thread about the 1927 flood, but in any case this a a great read, encompassing people, history, politics, origin of the USACE, river control and so on:

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America ISBN-13: 978-0641763625

McPhee is an excellent interpreter of geology, among other things.  In a previous life, I spent an inordinate amount of time around rivers, and find them inspiring, both scientifically and metaphorically.

I can't recall if this book has been mentioned previously:

I haven't read it.

Thanks Lindy and all for recommending "Control of Nature" and McPhee, never heard of him and this stuff and his writing is right up my alley.  Actually, I've read his stuff in the New Yorker... And timely, I just got through with his Mississippi river piece and understand perfectly the problems and danger they are now facing.  Let's hope the control structure at old river holds.

I'm on the 2nd story now about Vestmannaeyjar, which I visited a few years ago while in Iceland -- I knew about the 1973 volcano and toured the volcanic flow - but had no idea what the island went through - absolutely fascinating.  It's nice to have google maps to zoom right down and see for yourself!

2019 version of the 1927 event ... as the article states, different disaster speed. Do check out the "big picture" maps showing the amount of land that flooded this year ... and take a look at Cairo, Illinois, a town we like to sing about ...



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