Damming God? Making Sense of the Plan to Fix Niagara Falls

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  1. Katie Matthies says:

    Impressive, Ben! So proud of you!

  2. Luke says:

    I recently spent a week in southern Utah trekking in the remote reaches of the Grand Escalante National Monument. The landscape is awesome, vast red desert carved with deep canyons, but it’s hard to imagine myself experiencing it in a way similar to Audobon’s shuddering blood. I wonder if the present-day relative ease in making such a trek detracts from the sense of fear and awe. The landscape is not to be trifled with and a false step could easily result in death, but my trip from Washington DC to the edge of Coyote Gulch about 100 miles east into the wilderness from the already remote Bryce Canyon took less than 36 hours. I suspect such accessibility undermines a sense of vulnerability that one might otherwise experience if the trek took two weeks or more. My observation might be summarized as an inverse relationship be accessibility and a feeling of the romantic sublime.

  3. Daniel Macfarlane says:

    A nice summary of the pre-20th Century cultural history of Niagara – for readers interested in more detail of the 1969 dewatering check out this post from The Otter: http://niche-canada.org/2016/01/29/turning-off-niagara-falls-again-1969-revisited/

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