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Where the Great River Rises

An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River Watershed in Vermont and New Hampshire

Rebecca A. Brown has compiled a remarkable compendium of authoritative essays on the Connecticut River, touching on everything from its physical landscape and natural environment, to the human history, and culture that has grown up around it. This indispensable volume is the product of a remarkable partnership and years of collaboration between the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, Dartmouth College, and Northern Cartographic. Dozens of scholars, scientists, and other experts—all recognized as top authorities in their respective fields—were commissioned to prepare contributions related to their areas of expertise. This atlas underscores connectivity. Just as natural communities are integrated systems, so, too, are the communities of their human counterparts. The inherent ties between these natural and human worlds cannot be underestimated. This extraordinary volume succeeds brilliantly in portraying the interconnections — characterizing and analyzing the relationships between these realms and challenging the reader to ponder what the future holds for them. An astounding feat of scholarship and organization, Where the Great River Rises speaks eloquently to the keen senses of history, place, and environmental awareness in the Upper Connecticut River Valley as it educates and entertains.

284 pages | 10 x 12

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Table of Contents

Foreword – Sharon F. Francis • Preface – Barry Lawson • A Note on Map Making – Bob Gagliuso • Acknowledgments – Rebecca A. Brown and Barry Lawson • Introduction: Connections with the River – W. D. Wetherell • THE PHYSICAL LANDSCAPE • Introduction • Physiography and Bedrock Geology – Jon Kim and David Wunsch • Glacial Geology – Laurence Becker and David Wunsch • Soils – Thomas Villars • CLIMATE AND WEATHER • Introduction – Nat Tripp • Weather and Climate – Steve Maleski • Extreme Weather Events – Natalie Koch • Climate Change – Natalie Koch • THE RIVER AND WATERSHED • Introduction • Subwatersheds and Major Tributaries – Adair D. Mulligan and Bob Gagliuso • Groundwater – Sarah Flanagan • Streamflow – Richard Moore • Water Quality – Adair D. Mulligan • Water Management – Cleve Kapala and Rebecca A. Brown • THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT • Introduction • Habitats and Natural Communities – Ned Swanberg • Forests – Charles V. Cogbill • Wetlands – Brett Engstrom • Flora – David S. Conant • Birds – Charlie Browne • Fish – David L. Deen • Reptiles and Amphibians – Jim Andrews • Mammals – Ted Levin • HUMAN HISTORY OF THE WATERSHED • Introduction • Native Space – Lisa Brooks, Donna Roberts Moody, and John Moody • Early Settlement – Jere Daniell • Early Agriculture – Steve Taylor • The Industrial Era – Richard Ewald • CURRENT WATERSHED PATTERNS • Introduction • Contemporary Agriculture – Steve Taylor • Land Use – Kevin Geiger and Barry Lawson • The Postindustrial Economy – Preston Gilbert and Rebecca A. Brown • Demographics – Will Sawyer and Barry Lawson • TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY • Introduction • Water Travel – Sharon A. Penney • Roads – Sharon A. Penney and Barry Lawson • Railroads – Nat Tripp and Sharon A. Penney • Aviation – Roger Damon, Jr. • Energy – John Marshall and Barbara Ripley • CULTURE, EDUCATION, AND RECREATION • Introduction • Cultural Institutions – Rebecca A. Brown • Dartmouth College – James Wright • Tourism and Historic Sites – Rebecca A. Brown and Judy Hayward • Recreation – Adair D. Mulligan • Epilogue: Opportunities and Challenges – Sharon F. Francis • Bibliography • Connecticut River Joint Commissioners • Atlas Advisory Group • Illustration and Table Credits • Index

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