Rivers of the World: A Social, Geographical, and by James Penn

By James Penn

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

• geared up in A–Z structure, from the rivers Aare to Ziz

• every one access is prefaced with simple proof for the river coated, together with river resource, tributaries, outlet, and length

• every one access concludes with feedback for additional reading

• contains a complete index and thesaurus of key terms

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An overlapping of valley plains from five great rivers has produced an enormous alluvial plain with hardly a hill visible anywhere (see Figure 1).

Subsequently Russian Armenia passed to the Soviet Union during the period of Communist rule. In modern times many Armenians, known for their business ability, have immigrated to the United States. ARNO Source: Northern Apennine Mountains, central Italy Length: c. 150 miles (240 kilometers) Tributaries: Chiani, Sieve, Bisenzio, Elsa, Era Outlet: Ligurian Sea A densely populated river valley of north-central Italy is the heart of historic Tuscany. The Arno River valley, with its remarkable cluster of Renaissance geniuses and its repositories of some of the most celebrated artworks of the Western world, is truly a stream of treasure.

Artistic depictions of chastity and the symbolic use of white relied on this association between the fleeing goddess and the river god Alpheus. This story of hopeless pursuit may have been modeled on that of Alpheus chasing Arethusa, which turned her into a spring at Syracuse, while changing him into a river. The ancient Greeks believed that the Alpheus River flowed from Greece under the sea and emerged in the fountain of Arethusa in Syracuse harbor. One of the twelve labors of Hercules was the cleaning of the stables of Augeas at Elis, which the Greek hero accomplished by turning the Alpheus through them.

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