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This wiki page is about the extreme sport of kayaking. Questions related to the sport are listed on this page. We are looking for information that answers one or more of these ideas. Please feel free to use any of the information collected here, or participate in our wiki by uploading information about kayaking, the technology used in the sport, notable kayakers, health concerns, or its effects on the environment. This page is used as part of a course on Outdoor Culture and Technology, taught by Mr. Cooper at The Walker School in Marietta, GA. If you have any comments, please feel free to contact the author of this site.

Video: Wet House - Kayak DVD Teaser

Discovery Questions:
Where are some of the most famous kayaking rivers in the World?
Who were some famous explorers who traveled long distances by boat?
What are the major types of kayaking?
How are the sections of a river classified?
What physical forces are involved in the formation of rivers?
What types of fungi, plants and animals can be found in habitats neighboring rivers?
What are some common types of accidents experienced by kayakers?
What are some the climate conditions experiences by kayakers?
What gear is commonly taken while kayaking?
From what materials are the gear made?
From what chemical compounds are these materials made?
What schools are available to teach the sport?
What records are held in the sport and by whom?
What are some personality characteristics of kayakers?
What culture has developed around whitewater kayaking?
What slang or idiom is used in the sport?
What effects does kayaking have on the environments in which it is practiced?

Types of Kayaks
river runners, play boats, boats, squirt boats

Major Rivers in US:
Upper Gully

Major Rivers around the World:
Rio Futaleufuu
White Nile
Zambezi

Technology Issues:
Dams, Hydroelectric Power Plants, Microhydro Development,

Environmental Issues:
River Typology, Riparian Vegetation, Salmon Runs, Logging, Turbidity from Mining,

Save Our Rivers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZjTapKoo48&feature=related
Ashlu River, BC and Clear Cutting - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brHBeFb3qw0

Health Concerns:

Articles:

Links:


Podcasts:
A Harrowing Kayaking Expedition in Tibet (about 9 minutes)
National Public Radio – January 15, 2005
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4284247

Videos:
4 Minutes of Hell Hole, Ocoee River - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU8CNTKfiQs&feature=related
Steve Fisher - Black Box - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lez9LNNQWC4
Toasted in the Throne Room - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v/BYWlNxhMbkA&l=35&t=OEgsToPDskKVdFTW98GNxntZwn0A5cFr&sk=bF2cOYs8p31A9QK4wzxtAgU&sourceid=yw&sdetail=f%3Arelated%2Crv%3ATTXld1RbcmM
The Biggest Pourover -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTXld1RbcmM&feature=related