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Dirty, sacred rivers : confronting South Asia's water crisis

Author: Cheryl Gene Colopy
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Dirty, Sacred Rivers explores South Asia's increasingly urgent water crisis, taking readers on a journey through North India, Nepal and Bangladesh, from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal. The book shows how rivers, traditionally revered by the people of the Indian subcontinent, have in recent decades deteriorated dramatically due to economic progress and gross mismanagement. Dams and ill-advised embankments strangle  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Gene Colopy
ISBN: 9780199845019 0199845018
OCLC Number: 778827785
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Earth Science) 2012
Description: xiii, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Dirty, sacred rivers --
The real poop: how rivers become sewers --
Delhi's Yamuna --
Melting ice rivers --
The shrinking third Pole --
In the valley of Dhunge Dhara --
Melamchi River blues --
More river blues --
Belji of Dhulikhel --
The sorrows of Bihar --
The Koshi's revenge --
The engineers --
The Garland --
Susu --
Beyond barrages and boundaries --
Poisoned blessings --
Where the rivers end.
Responsibility: Cheryl Colopy.


One journalist's account of her 7-year journey through the Ganges river basin to explore the revered, yet highly polluted, rivers of South Asia.  Read more...
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Colopy offers a whirlwind tour both beautiful and troubling.... she interacts as a Westerner in the South Asian world with grace, and shares what she has learned with thoughtful clarity. * Read more...

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