Common Themes In John Mcphee's The Control Of Nature
The water cycle appears in Atchafalaya and California and the rock cycle in Iceland and California. McPhee’s stories also show that as costly and as seemingly futile as any attempt to “control nature” might be, humans must sometimes intervene in these cycles, using science and engineering to save themselves, their jobs, and their homes.
The changes that McPhee describes in his story about the Atchafalaya are being caused by the flow of water down the Mississippi River. In the article “Mississippi River Facts,” the National Park Service explains that the Mississippi river watershed “includes all or parts of 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces … extending from the Allegheny Mountain in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west.” This means that the changes are driven by energy from the sun, which evaporates water from the oceans. When the