The Colorado (Hardcover)
The Colorado examines nine episodes in the history of human interaction with the Colorado River, from early prehistoric cultures to the Spanish explorations of the lower reaches of the river, the dam building frenzy of the early and middle 20th century, industrial agriculture and the current use of water throughout the region. This beautiful book combines current information, maps, and policy discussion in a stunning format that highlights the beauty and the grandeur of the river and its story. Although this is a companion volume to the film of the same name, the book stands alone and provides important history and context to one of the country's most important and most endangered watersheds. This is an important book for all those who know and love the Colorado River, or who would like to learn more about this extraordinary region.
As a rafting guide on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere in the region, Christa Sadler has called the rivers of the Colorado River Basin home for more than three decades. She holds a Masters Degree in Earth sciences and paleontology from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelors Degree in physical anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Christa has been writing and teaching in the landscapes shaped by the Colorado River since 1988. In addition to writing several journal articles and essays about the region, she is the author of Life in Stone: Fossils of the Colorado Plateau, Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic in the American Southwest, Where Dinosaurs Roamed: Lost Worlds of Utah's Grand Staircase, and the editor of There's This River: Grand Canyon Boatman Stories.