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Since the very earliest days of civilization, most of the world’s great cities have grown up along the banks of rivers. Sail down eight remarkable rivers with this month’s issue of FACES and meet the people and animals who have built their lives around them. Learn why Egyptians always built their tombs on the West side of the Nile, how the “Great Stink of 1858” finally motivated British Parliament to clean up the Thames, and how the Amazon river got its name.
While rivers are crucial to life, they are also threatened by pollution, putting millions of lives in danger. Meet Guinness World Record holder Martin Strel, who swims some of the longest and dirtiest rivers in the world to champion the importance of clean water—facing piranhas, pirates, and near-deadly pollutants! Read more about his amazing accomplishments and uncover even more fascinating facts in these articles:
“Rivers: The Source of Life” by Christine Graf
“South America’s Mighty Amazon” by Paula Neely
“The Nile: Lifeblood of East Africa” by Todd Tuell
“Swimming for Clean Water” by Christine Graf
“The Mekong River: Who Owns the Water?” by Colette Weil Parrinello
“A River for Millions: The Ganges” by Marcia Amidon Lusted
“China’s Great Duo” by Gloria W. Lannom
“The Monkey and the Crocodiles: A River Tale from Cameroon” retold by Pat Betteley
Regular features include High Five, At a Glance, Critter Corner, Where in the World, A Closer Look, Dear Kylie, Art Connection, Say What?, Fallen Quote, One Last Face, a crossword puzzle, and a contest.
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