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2015 Common Literature Experience

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The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko

In 1983 a record snow yield in the Rocky Mountains created the highest volume of meltwater ever to surge through the Colorado River. The massive buildup of hydraulic pressure threatened to overcome the 710-foot barrier of the Glen Canyon Dam and sent a devastating current of destruction at incredibly high speeds through the mile-deep gorge that winds its way through the Arizona desert.  The Grand Canyon was inundated with a catastrophic wall of the deadliest whitewater seen in a generation. And as the National Park Service conducted the most extensive helicopter rescues of trapped and injured boaters in its history, a trio of inspired fools launched themselves down the rapids in an open wooden dory called the Emerald Mile. By the seat of their pants the three-man crew braved a 277-mile journey in the fastest decent of the Canyon ever recorded.


Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:30 a.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum - Utah State University Logan Campus
Broadcast simultaneously at
Speaker: Kevin Fedarko
Free and open to the public.

Literature Assignment

If you are a student in the 2015 University Connections class, the literature assignment can be found here.

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