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The Llano Estacado of the US Southern High Plains : environmental transformation and the prospect for sustainability

Author: Elizabeth Brooks; et al
Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : United Nations University Press, 2000.
Series: UNU studies on critical environmental regions.
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"This volume presents an environmental, social, and economic history of the Llano Estacado region of the US Southern High Plains. The authors illustrate the tremendous changes in environment that occurred with the European settlement of the Plains. They detail the development of a modern irrigation culture, dependent upon nonrenewable or exhaustible water resources. Human agency in the region - large-scale
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Llano Estacado of the US Southern High Plains.
Tokyo ; New York : United Nations University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)652234229
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Brooks; et al
ISBN: 9280810421 9789280810424
OCLC Number: 44675918
Description: xvi, 176 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Llano Estacado and the question of sustainability --
2. Creation and change: 12,000 B.P. to A.D. 1860 --
3. Early stages of transformation: 1860 to 1900 --
4. New century and the new ecology of the Llano: 1900 to 1945 --
5. Expansion and exploitation: 1945 to 1980 --
6. Transformation of the Llano in the post-expansion era: 1980 to the present --
7. Future for the Llano: Realms of necessity and Freedom.
Series Title: UNU studies on critical environmental regions.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Brooks ... [et al.]

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"This volume presents an environmental, social, and economic history of the Llano Estacado region of the US Southern High Plains. The authors illustrate the tremendous changes in environment that occurred with the European settlement of the Plains. They detail the development of a modern irrigation culture, dependent upon nonrenewable or exhaustible water resources. Human agency in the region - large-scale technological developments, national and state regulatory institutions, and global trade systems - are featured as forces that have brought great wealth to the region while at the same time erecting an edifice that, because of resource depletion, cannot be sustained.

The Llano Estacado of the US Southern High Plains shows how this "modern irrigation culture" developed and questions how it might be viewed through a sustainability lens, using a multiplicity of definitions of "sustainability" and its opposite "criticality.""--BOOK JACKET.

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