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By Sean W. Fleming

The important interconnections that rivers proportion with the land, the sky, and us

Rivers are necessary to civilization or even existence itself, but what number folks actually know the way they paintings? Why do rivers run the place they do? the place do their waters truly come from? How can an identical river flood 365 days after which dry up the subsequent? Where the River Flows takes you on an impressive trip alongside the planet's waterways, offering a scientist's reflections at the very important interconnections that rivers percentage with the land, the sky, and us.

Sean Fleming attracts on examples starting from universal yard creeks to strong and evocative rivers just like the Mississippi, Yangtze, Thames, and Congo. each one bankruptcy appears to be like at a selected point of rivers during the lens of utilized physics, utilizing considerable pics and intuitive analogies to discover the excellent connections among watershed hydrology and the realm round us. Fleming explains how river flows vary like inventory markets, what "digital rainbows" can let us know approximately weather swap and its results on water offer, how development digital watersheds in silicon may also help keep away from the expected water wars of the twenty-first century, and lots more and plenty extra. alongside the way in which, you'll study what essentially the most fascinating principles in science—such as communications idea, fractals, or even synthetic life—reveal in regards to the lifetime of rivers.

Where the River Flows bargains a brand new figuring out of the profound interrelationships that rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies, and indicates how startling new insights are attainable while scientists are keen to imagine outdoor the disciplinary box.

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