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Comment: 22:32 - 23:40 (01:08)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 19. Running Water I: Rivers, Erosion and Deposition
Keywords: river, "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers", "Red Eye Crossing", "river channel", WES, "Waterways Experiment Station", dike, dredge, "dynamic system"
Our transcription: Dikes seem to be the most effective way to reduce the need for dredging and keep the channel open.
But before they are installed at Red Eye Crossing the engineers want to determine how the dikes will affect the people who actually use the channel, the ship and towboat pilots.
The pilots of the Mississippi River have been part of the region's lore for many years.
They know the River better than anyone else possibly could.
Guiding a ship or a boat down the Mississippi means far more than simply memorizing a route from Point A to Point B -- for the mighty Mississippi is a dynamic system, always shifting and churning.
As Mark Twain so knowingly wrote in "Life on the Mississippi", "Two things seemed pretty apparent to me. One was, that in order to be a pilot a man had got to learn more than any one man ought to be allowed to know; and the other was, that he must learn it all over again in a different way every twenty-four hours."
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