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SCENES OF VISIONARY ENCHANTMENT

Daniel B. Botkin

in Beyond the Stony Mountains

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162431
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162431.003.0009
 SCENES OF VISIONARY ENCHANTMENT

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This chapter follows Lewis and Clark as they traveled upstream of the Missouri River. A curious change occurs on the Missouri River upstream from Fort Peck Dam and from there to Loma, near Fort Benton, Montana. The river seen at Fort Benton or on a float trip through the White Cliffs area — the wild and scenic portion of the Missouri River — appeared very different from the river upstream from Great Falls or downstream from Fort Peck Dam. Below the site of Fort Peck, the Missouri flowed, as it does today, in a wide and gently sloping valley. Above it, the river flowed through a narrow and steep valley.

Keywords: Lewis; Clark; expedition; Missouri River; upstream; Fort Peck Dam

Chapter.  5185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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