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Beyond Control reveals the Mississippi as a waterway of change, unnaturally confined by ever-larger levees and control structures. During the great flood of 1973, the current scoured a hole beneath the main structure near Baton Rouge and enlarged a pre-existing football-field-size crater. That night the Mississippi River nearly changed its course for a shorter and steeper ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 16th 2017 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 2017)
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Clare O'Beara
Geologists, hydrologists, engineers, geographers, cartographers and historians will be fascinated by this study of the history and oft-changing courses of the mighty Mississippi River. Four thousand years ago the river took a new course, and ever since it has been looping, meandering and avulsing with great affect upon the settlers enjoying the benefits of travel and rich sediment. If nothing else this account will show you that trade is the greatest unstoppable force on Earth.

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Mark
I suppose most people don't really think about the Mississippi River. They may have been told it's one of the longest river systems in the world (4th in distance, much further down the list of average discharge), maybe that the river system drains almost 2/3rds of lower 48 states, that is, a very large territory, but other than factoids they don't really think of the River.

I've been living on the bank of the Mississippi River for nearly 17 years. My work week bicycle commute runs along the top o
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Stephen Picou
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During a future flood event, when the inevitable shift of the Lower Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya occurs, a daunting profusion of globally significant disasters of unimaginable cost follows. Vigilance, research, collaboration, and positive actions are critical if we are to make the best of both current and future scenarios for this complex confluence--making this a most vital and timely book.

Thorough research and engaging writing by James F. Barnett Jr, a gifted Mississippi historian, Be
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Abby Eckland
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Accessible read for those interested in better understanding the importance and history of the lower Mississippi River, and the many challenges facing its past, present, and future flood control. Management of the Mississippi River will only continue to grow more complex and challenging with time. Every management strategy thus far has stirred unforeseen, unintended consequences. It is only a matter of time before the actual 100 year flood commences (the 1927 and 1973 floods were only 25 year fl ...more
Kristen
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written, technical history of the Mississippi River in the Old River area where the Corps of Engineers build their control structures to prevent the bulk of the Mississippi water from changing course down the Atchafalaya River.

It’s technical but understood by this non-engineer. My one wish would be that the Black & White Line drawings (usually taken from old maps) would have been replace with better color drawings for ease of understanding what the picture was trying to convey.
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Informative, but hard to follow for those unfamiliar with water engineering and the related geography.
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