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Tour the ProjectsA Tale of Two Rivers

An Unsustainable Strategy?

An Unsustainable Strategy?

But the levees were built on a paradox. The higher they rose, and the more continuous their line on both sides of the river, the more protection they afforded—as long as they did not break. If they broke, their great height actually increased the risk that the ensuing floods would drown and destroy.

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Great Projects: The Building of America


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