Shaped by Rivers

March 9th, 2020

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between people, rivers, and the landscape, focusing on the unique setting of the Driftless Area of the Upper Mississippi region.

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Spared the homogenizing effects of glaciers, the Driftless area of the upper Mississippi region reflects the uninterupted work of rivers over millions of years. Characterized by deeply incised river valleys, the land resisted agricultural practices and gridded transportation systems imposed on surrounding flatlands. Shaped by RiversĀ explores how this anachronistic geography demanded a unique relationship from its human inhabitants, and how recent flooding continues to beg questions around global impacts on this reciprocal web of relations: human, land, and river.