American Rivers | Link TV
North America – a continent of daring and drastic extremes, of conquerors and visionaries, of untamed wilderness and feats of human engineering – and its rivers are a fascinating example. The U.S. has the largest dams, the deepest locks, the longest canals and aqueducts in the world. Rivers have been modified and manipulated, forced into man-made paths, controlled by computers; even their flow has been reversed. World famous cities owe their names to these rivers: Miami, Detroit and Los Angeles - yet today they are hardly remembered.
The spirited Los Angeles River gushes from the mountains only to be forced into a concrete corset in downtown LA.
The untamed wilderness of the Colorado River is squeezed to a trickle with the push of one button.
The Detroit River, still one of the busiest rivers in the world and a witness to the glory times of American industrialization, today sees desolation and the occasional sunflower field in downtown Detroit.
The multi-cultural Miami River originates where Native Americans still value its resources, and ends where the super-wealthy park their yachts.
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