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There Must Be Other Names for the River

April 9, 2021 – A new exhibit at the University of New Mexico Art Museum looks at the changing Rio Grande. Taking the concept of “deep time,” creators Marisa Demarco, Dylan McLaughlin, and Jessica Zeglin set the river’s history to song. They looked at the river’s five-million-year-long geological history and took decades’ worth of U.S. Geological Survey flow data from six points along the river’s course—from the headwaters to the delta. “There Must Be Other Names For The River” will run for a year at the museum. It can be viewed online and people can submit their own companion contributions via the website.  Correspondent Laura Paskus spoke with one of the exhibit’s three creators, longtime reporter Marisa Demarco.  

Laura Paskus, NMiF environment reporter 

Marisa Demarco, co-creator and journalist 

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