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John Wesley Powell's Canoe
Powellboatreplica

Origin

John Wesley Powell

Type

Canoe

Effects

Creates a river

Downsides

Causes all other water to dissipate

Activation

Contact with water

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Neptune-45R

Aisle

155803-8284

Shelf

487409-8179-920

Date of Collection

April 27, 1919

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OriginEdit

John Wesley Powell was a soldier, geologist and explorer of the American west, providing research for major educational institutions as well. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first known passage by Europeans through the Grand Canyon.

In his studies, he proposed that the land should be conserved because it was too arid to farm efficiently, except near the rivers. Irrigation and low-density farming would have been used on that land, but railroad companies disagreed. They wanted their large tracts of desert to have a high value, so they were able to buy legislation in favor of the false theory that “rain follows the plow”.

EffectsEdit

Splashing water against the canoe can create a river that spans throughout its surroundings. It will cut several feet deep into the ground and carve out the path ahead in preparation for their arrival. The carvings will remain after use. All other forms of water nearby the stream will quickly evaporate or be absorbed until no usable sources are left.

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