Rivers of North America

Rivers of North America

1st Edition - May 26, 2005

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  • Editors: Arthur Benke, Colbert Cushing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454184

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AWARDS:2006 Outstanding Academic Title, by CHOICEThe 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Best Reference 2005, by the Library JournalRivers 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.

    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

    14. Great Basin Rivers
    Dennis K. Shiozawa and Russell B. Rader

    15. Fraser River Basin
    Trefor B. Reynoldson, Joseph Culp, Rick Lowell, and John S. Richardson

    16. Pacific Coast Rivers of Canada and Alaska
    John S. Richardson and Alexander M. Milner

    17. Yukon River Basin
    Robert C. Bailey

    18. Mackenzie River Basin
    Joseph M. Culp, Terry D. Prowse, and Eric A. Luiker

    19. Nelson and Churchill River Basins
    D. M. Rosenberg, P. A. Chambers, J. M. Culp, W. G. Franzin, P. A. Nelson, A. G. Salki, M. P. Stainton, R. A. Bodaly, and R. W. Newbury

    20. Rivers of Arctic North America
    Alexander M. Milner, M. W. Oswood, and K. R. Munkittrick

    21. Atlantic Coast Rivers of Canada
    Richard A. Cunjak and Robert W. Newbury

    22. St. Lawrence River Basin
    James H. Thorp, Gary A. Lamberti, and Andrew F. Casper

    23. Rivers of Mexico
    Paul F. Hudson, Dean A. Hendrickson, Arthur C. Benke, Alejandro Varela-Romero, Rocio Rodiles-Hernández, and Wendell L. Minckley

    24. Overview and Future Prospects
    J. David Allan and Arthur C. Benke

    Appendix: Common and Scientific Names for Plants, Vertebrates, and Selected Invertebrates

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: May 26, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454184

About the Editors

Arthur Benke

Arthur C. Benke works in the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

Colbert Cushing

Colbert E. Cushing was a Senior Research Scientist with the Battelle-Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington, until semi-retiring in 1996. He was an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University-Tri Cities, and held an Affiliate Faculty appointment at Colorado State University. He was one of the scientists instrumental in the formulation and testing of the River Continuum Concept. He has published widely in scientific journals and books, was the lead editor of River and Stream Ecosystems, and co-authored Streams: Their Ecology and Life. He served on the editorial boards for the journals Ecology and Journal of the North American Benthological Society (NABS) and was past president of NABS. He was co-editor for the first edition of Rivers of North America and Field Guide to Rivers of North America (2010) and passed away before the completion of the second edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Streamside Programs, Estes Park, CO, USA

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