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Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land - Our Sustainable Future (Paperback)
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Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land - Our Sustainable Future (Paperback)

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Paperback 438 Pages / Published: 01/08/2018
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The Ogallala aquifer, a vast underground water reserve extending from South Dakota through Texas, is the product of eons of accumulated glacial melts, ancient Rocky Mountain snowmelts, and rainfall, all percolating slowly through gravel beds hundreds of feet thick.

Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land is an environmental history and historical geography that tells the story of human defiance and human commitment within the Ogallala region. It describes the Great Plains' natural resources, the history of settlement and dryland farming, and the remarkable irrigation technologies that have industrialized farming in the region. This newly updated third edition discusses three main issues: long-term drought and its implications, the efforts of several key groundwater management districts to regulate the aquifer, and T. Boone Pickens's failed effort to capture water from the aquifer to supply major Texas urban areas. This edition also describes the fierce independence of Texas ranchers and farmers who reject any governmental or bureaucratic intervention in their use of water, and it updates information about the impact of climate change on the aquifer and agriculture. Read Char Miller's article on theconversation.com to learn more about the Ogallala Aquifer.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803296978
Number of pages: 438
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Edition: Third Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Thorough, balanced, thoughtful, and certainly thought-provoking. . . . A `must read.'"-Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
* Journal of Sustainable Agriculture *
"Opie's answers, marvelously multi-faceted and unbiased . . . could serve elsewhere as a sane, scholarly model for addressing local enviro-crises."-Booklist * Booklist *
"This book should be read by every Plains political aspirant, policy maker, educator, landowner, farmer and rancher, and indeed every citizen."-Michael J. Smith, Nebraska History -- Michael J. Smith * Nebraska History *
"When John Opie first published Ogallala in 1993, it was a major contribution to the fields of environmental, agricultural, and economic histories besides that of the American West. This current revision, ably assisted by Char Miller and Kenna Lang Archer, both exceptionally accomplished environmental historians, is no less a contribution."-James E. Sherow, Environmental History -- James E. Sherow * Environmental History *

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