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An American Nile
(Cadillac Desert series)

VHS
60 minutes
HD1739 .A17 C31 1997 pt.2

This episode charts the dramatic transformation of the Colorado River from a wild desert waterway with a mind of its own into the most controlled, litigated, domesticated, regulated, and over-allocated river in the history of the world. From the heroic construction of the Hoover Dam during the Great Depression to the bitter political and environmental battles over the potential damming of the Grand Canyon, this program illustrates how the Colorado became so impounded and diverted that by 1969 it no longer reached the ocean.

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