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Water : a natural history

Author: Alice B Outwater
Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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As a civil engineer, author Alice Outwater learned that although industry has stopped dumping toxins into the sewers, a third of our waterways have failed to rebound. Outwater takes readers on an incredible journey from the diaries of western explorers to the insides of modern wastewater treatment plants and argues that healthier, purer waterways can be created using natural, living systems.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice B Outwater
ISBN: 0465037801 9780465037803
OCLC Number: 37785911
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Dismantling the natural system: Fur trade --
Nature's hydrologists --
Woods --
Voyage of rainfall --
Sea of grass --
Plowing the plains --
Engineering the waterways: Water over the dam --
Mussels, gators and the corps --
Aqueducts nd toilet bowls --
Down the drain, up the stack --
What sludge tells you.
Responsibility: Alice Outwater ; illustrations by Billy Brauer.

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This history shows how human-engineered dams, canals and farms in the US replaced nature's beaver dams, prairie dog tunnels, and buffalo wallows. The author argues that while engineering can  Read more...

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