A compelling book about the water crisis facing the West, grounded in history and important for residents as well as readers nationwide. This narrative weaves together the stories of human folly and grandiose endeavor that shaped the states and reveal the background of the critical economic and political issue that is how water is used and misused today.
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During the frenzied days of early emigration and expansion in the West, running out of water was rarely a concern, and the dam-building fever that transformed the map of the region in the twentieth century filled empty spaces with cities and farms. Today, metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver are desperate with thirst. These cities are growing explosively, but water supplies are dwindling. Scientists agree that the region is heating up and drying out, leading to future water shortages that will expose the startling fragility of civilization in the western United States. Dam Nation looks first to the past, to the stories of explorers venturing into a forbidding wilderness, gold miners and farmers devising arcane laws to govern water use, and pioneers struggling to settle the "Great American Desert." Next, it delves into an era of technological mastery that fulfilled the nation's dream of taming wild rivers, and finally it tackles the on-going legal and moral battles over water in the West. Author Stephen Grace weaves the facts into a compelling narrative that informs, entertains, and tells an important story.
A vivid look at the water crisis facing the West, grounded in history and compelling for residents
of the region as well as readers nationwide.
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Book Description Globe Pequot, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110762770651
Book Description Globe Pequot. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0762770651 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0404206
Book Description Globe Pequot, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0762770651