Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1851097163
  • ISBN-13: 9781851097166
  • DDC: 387.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Today, our use of the Earth's seas and waterways is more widespread and efficient than ever, yet the basic technology has changed little over time. Many types of equipment still in use would be recognized by ancient seamen. Even though water is no longer the quickest and easiest way to move people and goods, it is still an essential component to all life.

Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues offers a comprehensive introduction to humanity's historical reliance on the world's seas and waterways and how that reliance continues to evolve.

Over the course of two volumes, this extraordinary resource describes the world's major nautical features, the wide variety of uses for those waterways, and a number of essential issues arising from water-borne commerce. The encyclopedia marks the emergence of the aquarium, cruise, energy, fishing, insurance, mining, trade, transportation, recreation, and sport industries, and includes entries on harbors, ports and coastal development that play a part in the economics of commercial water use. Also included is coverage of a number of significant themes such as the rise and fall of the Erie Canal as the gateway to the Midwest, and the declining popularity of the Panama Canal.