Daniel B. Botkin

in Our Natural History

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168297
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790050 | DOI:

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This chapter describes the challenges posed by the Missouri River as Lewis and Clark made their way west. Topics covered include the river's meandering, the treachery of the river, the social consequences of the variability and fickleness of the Missouri, efforts to tame rivers using machine-age technology, and the impact of the straightening and channelization of the Missouri on natural ecological systems of the river valley.

Keywords: Lewis; Clark; Missouri River; west; flood plains; river valleys; channelization

Chapter.  5586 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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