Rivers of North America

Rivers of North America

2nd Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Michael Delong, Timothy Jardine, Arthur Benke, Colbert Cushing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188477

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Rivers of North America, Second Edition, expands on the first edition by including new information on the rivers included in the first edition, with the addition of brand new rivers. These new rivers will be the main focus of the new edition. This will expand on the knowledge our readers have on these rivers and will provide a broader comparative approach in understanding both the common and distinct attributes of river networks. The broad geographic approach of Rivers of North America allows for a comparative approach within any river basin/region. For instance, a river in the Ohio River basin that is serves as a model for addressing questions/issues of other rivers in the same basin. The first edition addressed, in detail, the three primary disciplines of river science: hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology. The interactive nature of these disciplines is further expanded on in this new edition, showing how they define the organization of a riverine landscape and the processes within this landscape. As such, river scientists across the disciplines of ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology will find this to be an essential resource. New to This Edition:Additional full-color photographs and maps included.A new section identifying the knowledge gap of each river- including information that would benefit future river research and management.Provides a thorough summary of the various impacts on the rivers of interest.

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


River biologists/ecologists; Geographers; Hydrologists; Local, regional and governmental environmental, river & water resource managers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and Approach
    2. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Northeastern United States
    3. Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States
    4. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States
    5. Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southwestern United States
    6. Lower Mississippi River and its Tributaries
    7. Southern Plains Rivers
    8. Upper Mississippi River Basin
    9. Ohio River Basin
    10. Missouri River Basin
    11. Colorado River Basin
    12. Pacific Rivers of the Coterminous United States
    13. Columbia River Basin
    14. Great Basin Rivers
    15. Fraser River Basin
    16. Pacific Coast Rivers of Canada and Alaska
    17. Yukon River Basin
    18. Mackenzie River Basin
    19. Nelson and Churchill River Basins
    20. Rivers of Arctic North America
    21. Atlantic Coast Rivers of Canada
    22. St. Lawrence River Basin
    23. Rivers of Mexico
    24. Overview

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188477

About the Editors

Michael Delong

Michael Delong is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Large River Studies Center at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota USA. Delong has studied rivers for over 30 years, with a focus on community and ecosystem ecology and has engaged in research in a number of rivers in the U.S. as well as rivers in Australia. A primary focus of his research has been on food web ecology, with both applied and basic implications. As director of the LRSC, Delong engaged over 160 undergraduate students in research of aquatic systems. Delong has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to three books on river science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Large River Studies Center and Department of Biology, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA

Timothy Jardine

Tim Jardine is an Associate Professor in the Toxicology Centre and the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Rivers Institute and an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Australian Rivers Institute. His research focuses on energy and contaminant cycling in aquatic ecosystems, the development of ecological tracers to study food webs, and biomonitoring of river health. His past research has taken him to northern Australia, Singapore and the central Amazon, and he currently leads community engaged, interdisciplinary research in a complex social-ecological system, the Saskatchewan River Delta in central Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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 currently holds an Affiliate Faculty appointment at Colorado State University and does private consulting. 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 is past president of NABS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Streamside Programs, Estes Park, CO, USA

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