By David Hackett Fischer
This interesting ebook is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural heritage of the USA, from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a background of yankee folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis in regards to the significance for the U.S. of getting been British in its cultural origins.
whereas most folk within the usa this day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated neighborhood cultures which have been created by means of British colonists, even whereas conserving ethnic identities even as. during this experience, approximately all american citizens are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity should be. The concluding component of this outstanding ebook explores the ways in which neighborhood cultures have endured to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless support to form attitudes towards schooling, govt, gender, and violence, on which alterations among American areas are more than among ecu international locations.
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The data produced go straight into a computer and don’t get checked until months later, when the surveyors are more likely back in the lab than on the boat. As such, historic bathymetric maps can be more accurate than modern ones. Fresh and Salt Mix Beneath the surface, the bay today is a blend of unusual topography and marine and riverine waters. But its most defining feature is that it is an estuary. The most telltale sign of the presence of estuarine conditions is the change in salinity as the water flows from inland out to the ocean.
The water is about 30 ppt—nearly as salty as straight seawater—beneath the Golden Gate. In other words, the salinity is greatest near the ocean and smallest near the rivers. The rivers—two large ones and nearly a dozen tributaries—deliver most of the fresh water in the estuary. These rivers, in turn, gather their water from the runoff of rain and the melting of snow into creeks, streams, drains, and culverts from a watershed that encompasses 40 percent of the state of California. Nearly half the land area of the state drains into San Francisco Bay.
29 ANATOMY OF A WATERSHED The land that makes up the drainage area of the bay, each of its rivers, and every creek, is a watershed. To visualize a watershed, place a piece of paper in your palm and crumple it loosely. Then imagine rain falling into the loose bowl of paper you’ve created, and collecting at the lowest point in your palm. The paper bowl is like a watershed. Place several such bowls side by side, and their edges represent the ridgelines and hills dividing one watershed from another.