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'Brave the Wild River' tells the story of 2 botanists who explored the Colorado River in the '30s

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 10:50am
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 11:02am

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Melissa L. Sevigny and her book, Brave the Wild River
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Melissa L. Sevigny, author of “Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon”

In the summer of 1938, two botanists took a trip down the Colorado River. They wanted to catalog cactuses in and around the Grand Canyon.

Now, a new book details their trek, based in part on letters and diary entries made by the two women, as well as others on the expedition.

Melissa Sevigny is a science reporter at KNAU in Flagstaff; her book is called “Brave the Wild River.” She joined The Show to talk about it.

Melissa L. Sevigny book planning bulletin board
Melissa L. Sevigny
The bulletin board Melissa L. Sevigny used to plan her book, “Brave the Wild River”

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