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By James Penn

Rivers of the World, vividly written and meticulously researched, is a wealthy and thorough therapy of a few 2 hundred of the world's rivers.

• prepared in A–Z layout, from the rivers Aare to Ziz

• every one access is prefaced with easy evidence for the river lined, together with river resource, tributaries, outlet, and length

• each one access concludes with feedback for extra reading

• encompasses a complete index and thesaurus of key terms

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The waters of the Arno would thereby be drawn away from Pisa into the marshes of the Stagno di Livorno, a large wetland near Leghorn (Livorno). The project failed because of a lack of leadership on the part of the superintending engineer—Leonardo only designed the plan, he didn’t dig the ditches. Leonardo estimated that about one million tons of earth would need to be removed, requiring some fifty thousand worker days. Leonardo even devised a mechanical canal digger for the project, which he sketched in his Notebooks, but it was never built.

They named the river after the beautiful youth who was gored to 5 death by a boar. Both Aphrodite and Persephone loved the boy and claimed him as their own, so Zeus stepped in and settled the dispute between the goddess of love and the queen of the underworld. Adonis was allowed to spend half the year, the summer months, above the ground with Aphrodite, and the other half in the underworld with Persephone. Adonis’s death and resurrection thus ensured the yearly cycle of the vegetation. Where drops of Adonis’s blood were spilled, flowers sprang up, traditionally called anemones.

Lake Baykal has hundreds of species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world as a result of its isolation and the depth of its waters. The Angara rushes steadily out of the southwestern end of Lake Baykal past Irkutsk, the major city of southern Siberia. The lake freezes over in the winter, but because the water flowing down the Angara has such a steep gradient and high speed, the river itself does not freeze. This region of southern Siberia did not really open up until the construction of the TransSiberian Railroad.

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