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Canyons of the Colorado [Kindle Edition]

John Wesley Powell

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Sometimes published under the name The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, but more properly known by its original title, Canyons of the Colorado is the gripping personal account of the first navigation of the Colorado River, in 1869, by the man who led the journey. American geologist and explorer JOHN WESLEY POWELL (1834-1902), head of the Powell Geographic Expedition and later director of the U.S. Geological Survey, here regales us with the thrilling tale of the ten-man team and its assignment to map the last unmapped regions of the western territories of the United States. The highlight of their three-month trip: the first known river journey through the wildness of the Grand Canyon. This replica of the 1895 edition includes all the original halftone illustrations. A classic of real-life adventure literature, it continues to captivate armchair explorers today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419111833
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00848ZPG4
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,961 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Contents are superb, but spoiled by bad organization. 18 Feb. 1999
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As prior reviews state, the text is well-selected from Powell's journal, and the photographs are superb. But how can the author publish the journal of an explorer without a map keyed to the dates of journal entries? The photographs are superb, but again, not keyed to a map, or even associated with the text. The identifying data for each photo is listed in the front of the book, but is not given on, or near the photograph. A potentially superb book, but, because of these defects and faults, one that is maddening to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for All Who Have Seen It 3 July 2014
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Powell, a man larger than life, describes his exploration of The Canyon in terms that match the scale of the marvel itself. Those of us who have seen this wonder are brought back to the rimrock and shown its character from the bottom up with awe and intimacy that can only be expressed by the original explorer. I look forward to revisiting the mighty canyon of the Colorado over and over as I re-read this work in the future. Read also the magnificent biography of the man "A River Running West" and the late Ed Abbey' s homage to the canyonlands, "Desert Solitaire" to better appreciate the complex region and the complex men that explored and inhabit it.
3.0 out of 5 stars MY thoughts on Canyons of the Colorado 2 April 2014
By Lois F. Beck - Published on
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I enjoyed the book but was disappointed because there were many captions that apparently were supposed to have been with pictures. The Kindle version had no pictures. It would have been nice to have had some maps so I could tell more about the areas I was reading about. I would love to see the real book to see what I missed in the Kindle version.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powell is a great man 12 Dec. 2013
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I really loved this book. Powell and Muir are my heros. To live in the time they did, and seek out what they did (Powell with only one arm!) they were truly amazing men. They way he describes the landscape is amazing, makes me want to be there. Muir has the same effect on me. As a geologist I am jealous of the time they lived in. The books really bring it out. Naming Lake Powell after the man is sacrilegious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there but can't imagine running Lava Falls in those little boats. 19 May 2013
By Sarah H. Jones - Published on
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What a great way to get some western history. Those guys were incredibly gutsy not knowing what was around each bend in the river.
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