Rivers of North America

1st Edition

Editors: Arthur Benke Colbert Cushing
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120882533
eBook ISBN: 9780080454184
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th May 2005
Page Count: 1168
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2006 Outstanding Academic Title, by CHOICE

The 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Best Reference 2005, by the Library Journal

Rivers of North America is an important reference for scientists, ecologists, and students studying rivers and their ecosystems. It brings together information from several regional specialists on the major river basins of North America, presented in a large-format, full-color book. The introduction covers general aspects of geology, hydrology, ecology and human impacts on rivers. This is followed by 22 chapters on the major river basins. Each chapter begins with a full-page color photograph and includes several additional photographs within the text. These chapters feature three to five rivers of the basin/region, and cover several other rivers with one-page summaries. Rivers selected for coverage include the largest, the most natural, and the most affected by human impact.

This one-of-a-kind resource is professionally illustrated with maps and color photographs of the key river basins. Readers can compare one river system to another in terms of its physiography, hydrology, ecology, biodiversity, and human impacts.

Key Features

  • Extensive treatment provides a single source of information for North America's major rivers
  • Regional specialists provide authoritative information on more than 200 rivers
  • Full-color photographs and topographical maps demonstrate the beauty, major features, and uniqueness of each river system
  • One-page summaries help readers quickly find key statistics and make comparisons among rivers


Scientists, students, and river conservationists and ecologists.

Table of Contents

Contributors Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Preface Acknowledgments

  1. Background and Approach

    Arthur C. Benke and Colbert E. Cushing
  2. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Northeastern United States

    J. K. Jackson, A. D. Huryn, D. L. Strayer, D. L. Courtemanch, and B. W. Sweeney
  3. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States

    Leonard A. Smock, Anne B. Wright, and Arthur C. Benke
  4. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States

    G. Milton Ward, Phillip M. Harris, and Amelia K. Ward
  5. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southwestern United States

    Clifford N. Dahm, Robert J. Edwards, and Frances P. Gelwick
  6. Lower Mississippi River and its Tributaries

    Arthur V. Brown, Kristine B. Brown, Donald C. Jackson, and W. Kevin Pierson
  7. Southern Plains Rivers

    William J. Matthews, Caryn C. Vaughn, Keith B. Gido, Edie Marsh-Matthews
  8. Upper Mississippi River Basin

    Michael D. Delong
  9. Ohio River Basin

    David White, Karla Johnston, and Michael Miller
  10. Missouri River Basin

    David L. Galat, Charles R. Berry, Jr., Edward J. Peters, and Robert G. White
  11. Colorado River Basin

    Dean W. Blinn and N. LeRoy Poff
  12. Pacific Coast Rivers of the Coterminous United States

    James L. Carter and Vincent H. Resh
  13. Columbia River Basin Jack A. Stanford, F. Richard Hauer, Stanley V. Gregory, and Eric B. Snyder <BR


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About the Editor

Arthur Benke

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, U.S.A.

Colbert Cushing

Affiliations and Expertise

Streamside Programs, Estes Park, CO, USA


"This group of authors includes most of the leading experts in the ecology of North American rivers. They have provided a starting point for investigating our rivers and given us the tools for understanding how our rivers function. Now it is time for us to get to work!" -David R. Lenat, Raleigh, North Carolina, JOURNAL OF NORTH AMERICAN BENTHOLOGICAL SOCIETY "Clearly a massive undertaking, the work consolidates facts about individual rivers, from geomorphology, hydrology, and water chemistry to biodiversity and ecology...The book's foreword was written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his capacity as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental organization focused on protecting rivers. As he says about the book, 'you will find a few remaining pristine rivers that deserve conservation as benchmark systems.' On the other hand, he notes that a reader will also find that some North American rivers 'have major problems...for which radical and immediate CPR is required.' The book indeed has details about the environmental good and bad for virtually all the continent's major rivers. Art Benke and Bert Cushing have produced a monumental work that will serve as a basic comparative reference for many years. The book is also useful for people who want to reminisce about their favorite rivers." - Whit Gibbons, in AIKEN STANDARD "...the first comprehensive effort to detail the current state of the continent’s rivers. This marvelous resource began as a coffee-table book. Four years later, ambitiously expanded, it covers more than 200 rivers, from southern Mexico to the Arctic. Its 22 chapters, written by scientists and hydrologists, discuss specific basins or regions such as the Colorado River Basin and the Pacific Coast rivers of Canada and Alaska. Rivers describes the physiography, geomorphology, hydrology, biodiversity and ecology of each system, in addition to detailing