The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781439159866
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An award-winning Outside magazine writer documents the 1983 Colorado River flood that threatened the region with a catastrophic dam failure and prompted oarsman Kenton Grua's near-suicidal effort to navigate the turbulent waters of the Emerald Mile on a small wooden dory to achieve a world speed record.

The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476735290
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Release: 2013-05-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named “The Emerald Mile” at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.

The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Pages: 415
ISBN: 9781439159859
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Release: 2013-05-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the "Emerald Mile," through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon
Author: Pete McBride
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9780847863044
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Release: 2018-04-16
Editor: Rizzoli International Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience--an end-to-end, rim-to-river exploration of the Grand Canyon. Award-winning photographer Pete McBride, along with best-selling authors Kevin Fedarko and Hampton Sides, takes us on a gripping adventure story told through stunning, never-before-seen photography and powerful essays. By hiking the entire 750 miles of Grand Canyon National Park--from the Colorado River to the canyon rim--McBride captures the majesty of as well as calling us to protect America's open-aired cathedral. This is the most spectacular collection of Grand Canyon imagery ever seen, showing beauty from vantages where no other photographers have ever stood. It will also highlight the conservation challenges this iconic national park faces as visitation numbers grow and development pressures surrounding it mount. This photography will inspire and remind us why we protect such a cherished public space. Proceeds benefit the Grand Canyon Association, and an accompanying documentary will tentatively release at Sundance in 2018--all in time for the national park's centennial.

There s this River

There s this River
Author: Christa Sadler
Pages: 183
ISBN: STANFORD:36105029152282
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Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Downcanyon

Downcanyon
Author: Ann Zwinger
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9780816515561
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Release: 1995
Editor: University of Arizona Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Describes the river, including ruins, small wildlife, and the experiences of early travelers

Canyon

Canyon
Author: Michael Patrick Ghiglieri
Pages: 311
ISBN: 0816512868
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Release: 1992-02
Editor: University of Arizona Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author, a professional river guide for seventeen years, describes a trip along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and shares his impressions of the natural history of the region

The Hidden Canyon

The Hidden Canyon
Author: Edward Abbey
Pages: 160
ISBN: 1937359743
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Release: 2015-04
Editor: Cameron & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"First published in 1977 by Viking Penguin, Inc. Published in 1999 by Chronicle Books LLC."--Colophon.

Down the Great Unknown

Down the Great Unknown
Author: Edward Dolnick
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780061760341
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Release: 2009-03-17
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition. On May 24, 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. The Grand Canyon, not explored before, was as mysterious as Atlantis—and as perilous. The ten men set out from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory down the Colorado in four wooden rowboats. Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona. Lewis and Clark opened the West in 1803, six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the West’s last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a thrilling journey, a cast of memorable heroes—all these mark Down the Great Unknown, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.

The Emerald Light in the Air

The Emerald Light in the Air
Author: Donald Antrim
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780374712402
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Release: 2014-09-02
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim's stories. As they do the things we all do—bum a cigarette at a party, stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue, take a kid to the zoo—they're confronted with their own uncooperative selves. These artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, spiral out of control, have delusions of grandeur, despair, and find it hard to imagine a future. They talk, they listen, they hope, they dream. They look for communion in a city, both beautiful and menacing, which can promise so much and yield so little. But they are hungry for life. They want to love and be loved. These stories, all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years, make it clear that Antrim is one of America's most important writers. His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries, including Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and George Saunders, who described The Verificationist as "one of the most pleasure-giving, funny, perverse, complicated, addictive novels of the last twenty years." And here is Antrim's best book yet: the story collection that reveals him as a master of the form.

A River Runner s Guide to the History of the Grand Canyon

A River Runner s Guide to the History of the Grand Canyon
Author: Kim Crumbo
Pages: 61
ISBN: UCSC:32106006820689
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Release: 1981
Editor: Johnson Publishing Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Kim Crumbo, a river ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, has written a guide to the rich human history of the river and its canyon. Every rapid and other point of interest is discussed and clearly marked.

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons
Author: J. W. Powell
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780486120515
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Release: 2012-12-27
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations.

Easy in the Islands

Easy in the Islands
Author: Bob Shacochis
Pages: 227
ISBN: 9780802199324
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Release: 2007-12-01
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the National Book Award for First Fiction: “Beguiling stories . . . about an uncommonly fascinating part of the hemisphere” (Time). Easy in the Islands is a “stunning” collection of stories by one of contemporary America’s foremost journalists and fiction writers. Infused with the rhythms of the Caribbean, these vivid tales of paradise sought and paradise lost are as lush, steamy, and invigorating as the islands themselves (The Washington Post). A calypso singer named Lord Short Shoe consorts with a vampish black singer to bilk an American out of his only companion—a monkey. An island bureaucracy confounds the attempts of a hotel owner to get his dead mother out of the freezer and into a real grave—until he resorts to a highly unusual form of burial. Two poor islanders stumble into a high-class dance party and find themselves caught in a violent encounter that just might escalate into revolution. And a young woman sails off into the romantic tropics with the man of her dreams, only to learn the hard way—as Eve did—that paradise is just another place to leave behind. From fishing fleets in remote atolls too small to appear on any map to the sprawling barrios and yacht filled marinas of Miami, Bob Shacochis charts a course across a Caribbean that no tourist will recognize.

Swimming in the Volcano

Swimming in the Volcano
Author: Bob Shacochis
Pages: 532
ISBN: 9780802199317
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Release: 2007-12-01
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A vibrant portrait of love and politics in the tropics from the National Book Award–winning author: “the finest first novel I have read in many years” (William O’Rourke, Chicago Tribune). Winner of the National Book Award for First Fiction for Easy in the Islands, Bob Shacochis returns to the islands with Swimming in the Volcano, a “splendid first novel” that illuminates the beauty and life of the Caribbean (Library Journal). On the fictional island of St. Catherine, an American expatriate becomes unwittingly embroiled in an internecine war between rival factions of the government. Into this potentially explosive scene enters a woman he once loved and lost, but who remains a powerful temptation—one that proves impossible to resist. Both an enchanting love story and a sophisticated political novel about the fruits of imperialism in the twentieth century, Swimming in the Volcano is as brutal and seductive a novel as the world it evokes. “Scores of island people, from conspiring politicians to barbers on the beach, sprawl across the pages like oleander and hibiscus . . . each of [the book’s] scenes is expertly wrought.” —The New York Times Book Review

Havsuw baaja

Havsuw  baaja
Author: Stephen Hirst
Pages: 259
ISBN: STANFORD:36105040910304
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Release: 1985
Editor: Havasupai Tribal Council
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A portrait of the Havusupai Indians, who live in a part of the Grand Canyon in which blue green water flows over huge waterfalls.

Woman Of The River

Woman Of The River
Author: Richard Westwood
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780874213683
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Release: 2013-01-01
Editor: University Press of Colorado
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Georgie White Clark-adventurer, raconteur, eccentric--first came to know the canyons of the Colorado River by swimming portions of them with a single companion. She subsequently hiked and rafted portions of the canyons, increasingly sharing her love of the Colorado River with friends and acquaintances. At first establishing a part-time guide service as a way to support her own river trips, she went on to become perhaps the canyons' best-known river guide, introducing their rapids to many others-on the river, via her large-capacity rubber rafts, and across the nation, via magazine articles and movies. Georgie Clark saw the river and her sport change with the building of Glen Canyon Dam, enormous increases in the popularity of river running, and increased National Park Service regulation of rafting and river guides. Adjusting, though not always easily, to the changes, she helped transform an elite adventure sport into a major tourist activity.

Haunted Utah

Haunted Utah
Author: Andy Weeks
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0811748758
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Release: 2012-07-01
Editor: Stackpole Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tales of hauntings, and creature sightings from the state of Utah.

Canyon Solitude

Canyon Solitude
Author: Patricia McCairen
Pages: 246
ISBN: 1580050077
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Release: 1998
Editor: Seal Press (CA)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author describes her experiences rafting down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water
Author: Peter Heller
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101872048
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Release: 2014-05-06
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of The Dog Stars, the true story of an elite kayaking team's heroic conquest of the world’s last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River. The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted. Its mysteries have withstood a century's worth of determined efforts to explore it's length. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried. Several have died. All have failed. Until now. In the heart of the Himalayan winter, a team of seven kayakers launched a meticulously planned assault of the Gorge. The paddlers were river cowboys, superstars in the universe of extreme kayaking. Accompanying them was author Peter Heller, a world-class kayaker in his own right. Filled with history, white-knuckle drama, and mutiny in one of the world's most storied-and remote-locations, Hell or High Water is the riveting story of this adventure.

The Emerald Planet

The Emerald Planet
Author: David Beerling
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780192529787
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Release: 2017-05-12
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as that environment has shaped them. In The Emerald Planet, David Beerling puts plants centre stage, revealing the crucial role they have played in driving global changes in the environment, in recording hidden facets of Earth's history, and in helping us to predict its future. His account draws together evidence from fossil plants, from experiments with their living counterparts, and from computer models of the 'Earth System', to illuminate the history of our planet and its biodiversity. This new approach reveals how plummeting carbon dioxide levels removed a barrier to the evolution of the leaf; how plants played a starring role in pushing oxygen levels upwards, allowing spectacular giant insects to thrive in the Carboniferous; and it strengthens fascinating and contentious fossil evidence for an ancient hole in the ozone layer. Along the way, Beerling introduces a lively cast of pioneering scientists from Victorian times onwards whose discoveries provided the crucial background to these and the other puzzles. This understanding of our planet's past sheds a sobering light on our own climate-changing activities, and offers clues to what our climatic and ecological futures might look like. There could be no more important time to take a close look at plants, and to understand the history of the world through the stories they tell. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.