Rivers of Power

Rivers of Power

Rivers lent their power and flushed away poisons and helped industrialize our economy. They floated barges and trade ships, and we dug artificial rivers—canals—to interlink them better. Then, our technological prowess leaped.

Author: Laurence C. Smith

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241333877

Category: History

Page: 368

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'As fascinating as it is beautifully written' JARED DIAMOND, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel Rivers, more than any road, technology or political event, have shaped the course of civilization. Rivers have opened frontiers, defined borders, supported trade, generated energy and fed billions. Most of our greatest cities stand on river banks or deltas, and our quest for mastery has spurred staggering advances in engineering, science and law. Rivers and their topographic divides have shaped the territories of nations and the migration of peoples, and yet - as their resources become ever more precious - can foster cooperation even among enemy states. And though they become increasingly domesticated, they remain a formidable global force: these vast arterial powers promote life but are capable of destroying everything in their path. From ancient Egypt to our growing contemporary metropolises, Rivers of Power reveals why rivers matter so profoundly to human civilization, and how they continue to be indispensable to our societies and wellbeing. 'Takes readers on a tour of the world's great rivers - past, present and future. The result is fascinating, eye-opening, sometimes alarming, and ultimately inspiring' Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction 'A tour de force ... From Herodotus musing on the Nile to the dam makers of modern China, this is their story' Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers Run Dry 'Instructive and entertaining' The Times
Categories: History

Water Power Resources of Hamma Hamma Duckabush and Dosewallips Rivers Washington

Water Power Resources of Hamma Hamma  Duckabush and Dosewallips Rivers  Washington

Dosewallips River Power site 12PM1O Location . --Point of diversion at mile 15 at upstream side of Upper Jumpoff and 1 mile inside the Olympic National Park , Drainage area .-- 70 square miles . The foregoing scheme of development is by ...

Author: Fred Forrest Lawrence

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210022906042

Category: Water-power

Page: 24

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Categories: Water-power

Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome

Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome

Some exciting evidence shows in one instance the integration of river power and waterpower into a local economic setup. The famous flour mill at Barbegal near Arelate offers a fascinating glimpse of the use of river power to sustain and ...

Author: Brian Campbell

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807869048

Category: History

Page: 608

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Figuring in myth, religion, law, the military, commerce, and transportation, rivers were at the heart of Rome's increasing exploitation of the environment of the Mediterranean world. In Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, Brian Campbell explores the role and influence of rivers and their surrounding landscape on the society and culture of the Roman Empire. Examining artistic representations of rivers, related architecture, and the work of ancient geographers and topographers, as well as writers who describe rivers, Campbell reveals how Romans defined the geographical areas they conquered and how geography and natural surroundings related to their society and activities. In addition, he illuminates the prominence and value of rivers in the control and expansion of the Roman Empire--through the legal regulation of riverine activities, the exploitation of rivers in military tactics, and the use of rivers as routes of communication and movement. Campbell shows how a technological understanding of--and even mastery over--the forces of the river helped Rome rise to its central place in the ancient world.
Categories: History

Flood Control Power and Water Resource Development Truckee and Carso Rivers Nevada Hearings August 26 27 1952

Flood Control  Power and Water Resource Development   Truckee and Carso Rivers   Nevada  Hearings     August 26 27  1952

It is proposed that the Prosser Reservoir powerplant be developed as a peak - load plant , and under such conditions it will be necessary to construct a regulating reservoir on the Truckee River , at Hirschdale , in order to regulate ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105119663578

Category:

Page: 113

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Columbia River Power System

Columbia River Power System

ADDITIONAL HARVEST RESTRICTIONS ARE A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO CONSERVE FALL CHINOOK It is hard to think of a more perverse policy than to allow the harvest of substantial numbers of listed fish , particularly as they come up river to ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B5139031

Category: Fishery conservation

Page: 361

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Categories: Fishery conservation

Tuolumne River Power Development California

Tuolumne River Power Development  California

There is provision in the Federal Power Act , and the Federal Power Commission determines it . We need to develop these rivers , so it is very unusual for one public agency to control an entire river ; and if you benefit from upstream ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Subcommittee on Irrigation and Reclamation

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112121380262

Category: Hydroelectric power plants

Page: 204

View: 750

Committee Serial No. 6.
Categories: Hydroelectric power plants

Columbia River Power for the People

Columbia River Power for the People

A History of Policies of the Bonneville Power Administration Gus Norwood. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation . Third Powerplant , Columbia Basin Project , Washington . Boise , ID , 1965 . U.S. Congress . House .

Author: Gus Norwood

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015006371655

Category: Columbia River

Page: 338

View: 362

Categories: Columbia River

Connecticut River Basin Essential Economical Electricty Hydroelectric Power Develiopement Provident Management of Natural Resources Dec 1976

Connecticut River Basin Essential   Economical Electricty  Hydroelectric Power Develiopement  Provident Management of Natural Resources  Dec 1976

United States. Federal Power Commission. 5-19 Seasonal Variation The differences between the minimum and maximum flows during the four seasons are shown by Figure 5-8 . Flow Control and Storage Reservoirs The Connecticut River Basin is ...

Author: United States. Federal Power Commission

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105216805619

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Page: 270

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Niagara River Power Project Hearings on S 6 and S 1823

Niagara River Power Project  Hearings on S  6 and S  1823

VIEJBER OF CONGRESS , ON LEGISLATION RELATIVE TO REDEVELOPMENT OF NIAGARA RIVER Mr. Chairman , it is my privilege to appear before this subcommittee today in support of S. 6 , a bill to authorize the Federal Power Commission to grant an ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105119663818

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Page: 296

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Power of the River

Power of the River

Its fundamental purpose , the goal that BPA would strive for years to fulfill , was to spread the value of the Columbia River's power across the region . The river was the nation's largest source of clean and inexpensive hydropower .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCBK:C112405468

Category: Electric utilities

Page: 289

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"On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Bonneville Power Administration in 1987, the agency published a history,"BPA & The Struggle for Power at Cost." It covered the origin of BPA and the early days of electrical service in the Pacific Northwest to the mid-1980s. This book,issued for BPA's 75th anniversary,picks up roughly where that volume left off. It begins with the 1980 passage of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act,usually called the Northwest Power Act,a milestone that reshaped the region's energy picture and has influenced BPA's course ever since. The story then covers BPA,s march to the millennium and beyond"--P. vii.
Categories: Electric utilities