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Wet and Dry Mud

Daniel B. Botkin

in Our Natural History

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168297
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168297.003.0003
 Wet and Dry Mud

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This chapter describes the experiences of the Lewis and Clark expedition while camped in June 1805 along what is now known as the mouth of the Marias River. Topics covered include the division of the camps into two groups to investigate two forks in the river; how the difficulties the Missouri River caused Lewis and Clark, as well as settlers who followed them in the 19th and 20h centuries, to be confronted by a fundamental problem about chance events and predictability; and the importance of recognizing and accepting natural change.

Keywords: Lewis; Clark; expedition; Marias River; chance events; predictability; natural change

Chapter.  6344 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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