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9,414.  I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn’t

So I jumped in and sank.  (Death & River & Suicide Epigram)  Langston Hughes, Life is Fine

 

 

89,633.  O bring me your river,

your moss-green bridges,

the bank of your breasts

with their hill-cold springs.  (Countryside & River)  Laurie Lee, River 

 

 

81,185.  The Mississippi meanders down the spine of America.  (Mississippi & River)  Bob Dodson

 

 

81,187.  The Mississippi is well worth reading about.  It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable.  Considering the Missouri its main branch, it is the longest river in the world – four thousand three hundred miles.  It seems safe to say that it is also the crookedest river in the world, since in one part of its journey it uses up one thousand three hundred miles to cover the same ground that the crow would fly over in six hundred and seventy-five.  (Mississippi & River)  Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi ch 1

 

81,188.  In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles.  That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year.  Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old Oölitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi River was upwards of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing rod.  And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three quarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together, and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen.  There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.  (Mississippi & River)  ibid.  ch 17

 

 

81,186.  When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive.  An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built.  (Mississippi & School & River)  Mark Twain

 

 

86,860.  Ol’ man river, dat ol’ man river,

He must know sumpin’, but don’t say nothin’,

He jus’ keeps rollin’,

He jus’ keeps rollin’ along.  Oscar Hammerstein, 1927 song

 

 

83,941.  As Ovid has sweetly in parable told,

We harden like trees, and like rivers grow cold.  (Old Age & Parable & Tree & River)  Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Six Town Eclogues

 

 

86,861.  The great grey-green, greasy, Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees.  Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories 1902

 

 

86,862.  Indian rivers are home to the world’s most sociable otter.  Smooth-coated otters form family groups up to seventeen strong.  David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Freshwater

 

86,863.  The Nile River snaking across the plains of east Africa.  As the land flattens out rivers slow down and lose their destructive power.  ibid.

 

86,864.  From memory the crocodiles know the wildebeest are coming and lie in wait.  (River & Crocodile)  ibid.

 

86,865.  Most rivers drain into the sea, but some end their journey in vast lakes.  ibid.

 

86,866.  The planet’s undisputable super-river is the Amazon.  It carries as much water as the next top ten biggest rivers combined.  Rising in the Peruvian Andes its main trunk flows eastwards across Brazil.  (River & Amazon)  ibid. 

 

 

86,867.  Back on the hunt lured by a riddle of an eight-foot flesh-eater.  (River & Monster & Cryptozoology)  River Monsters with Jeremy Wade

 

86,868.  Flesh Ripper: the idea that a freshwater eel could be huge or dangerous comes as a real surprise.  (River & Monster & Cryptozoology)  ibid.

 

86,869.  Maori legends are full of tales of predatory beasts – the Taniwha.  (River & Monster & Cryptozoology)  ibid.

 

 

55,899.  And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

 

And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.  (Adam & Eve & Garden of Eden & Tree & River)  Genesis 2:8-10

 

 

86,870.  The world's longest river – the Nile ... One of the cradles of humanity.  Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve: The Nile BBC 2014

 

86,871.  The Nile has long flowed through this area of Ethiopia untamed and unused.  ibid.

 

86,872.  Who does the Nile belong to?  ibid.

 

 

86,873.  A great artery of India ... It flows down on to the plains of India.  Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve: The Ganges

 

86,874.  Why are Indians doing this to the Ganges? ... It could really do with a clean-up.  ibid.

 

 

86,875.  I’ll be travelling two thousand miles along the legendary Yangtze, Asia's longest river.  Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve: The Yangtze 3/3, BBC 2014

 

86,876.  It features in creation myths about the country.  ibid.

 

 

86,877.  This is the Mekong – the mother of water, the greatest river in south-east Asia.  It brings life to millions.  The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, BBC 2014

 

86,878.  The Mekong is a frenetic dirty highway.  ibid.

 

86,879.  There are 11 hydro-electric dams planned for the lower Mekong in the next decades.  ibid.

 

 

86,880.  Rampant deforestation and a booming trade in illegal wildlife is stripping this place of its last precious habitats.  I’m passionate about animal welfare.  The Mekong River with Sue Perkins II

 

 

113,338.  Laos – one of the poorest and least developed of the Mekon nations.  It’s a country shaped by both Buddhism and Communism.  (River & Laos)  The Mekong River with Sue Perkins III

 

113,339.  What about those upstream for whom fundamental and profound change is coming?  (River & Laos)  ibid. 

 

113,340.  There are ten more dams planned for Laos alone and 140 either commissioned or under construction for the Mekon and its tributaries.  (River & Laos & Dam)  ibid.  

 

 

113,501.  I’ve reached China and the source of this mighty river.  It carves its way through China’s wildest and most spectacular valleys.  The Mekon River with Sue Perkins IV 

 

 

86,881.  ‘Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!’ said Piglet, feeling him.

 

Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.  A A Milne

 

 

86,882.  In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.  (River & Time)  Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

86,883.  The Missouri is, perhaps, different in appearance and character from all other rivers in the world; there is a terror in its manner which is sensibly felt, the moment we enter its muddy waters from the Mississippi.  George Catlin

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