Continental Divide
2019–2020 CLUI RESEARCH PROJECT

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The Continental Divide runs along the crest of the continent, marking the line where a drop of water falling on one side flows to the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other, to the Pacific Ocean. But of course it’s not that simple. After two centuries of alterations along America’s spine, such as open pit mines, railroad tunnels, and, especially, waterworks, where that line is now, exactly, nobody really knows anymore. It exists mostly as an idea, a memory, and an aspiration. Yet it is also still there, somewhere.