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The West without water : what past floods, droughts, and other climatic clues tell us about tomorrow

Author: B Lynn Ingram; Frances Malamud-Roam
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region's current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is "normal" climate for the West, and whether the relatively  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B Lynn Ingram; Frances Malamud-Roam
ISBN: 9780520268555 0520268555
OCLC Number: 818734498
Description: xx, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: From drought to deluge : "normal" climate in the West --
The 1861-1862 floods : lessons lost --
The great droughts of the twentieth century --
Why is climate so variable in the West? --
Reading the past : the Earth's history books --
From ice to fire : into the Holocene --
The "long drought" of the mid-Holocene --
Ice returns : the neoglaciation --
The great "medieval drought" --
The little ice age : megafloods and climate swings --
Why climate changes : cycles and oscillations --
The hydraulic era : salmon and dams --
Future climate change and the American West --
What the past tells us about tomorrow.
Responsibility: B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam ; foreword by Sandra L. Postel.

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Looking at the region's current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the author's ask the central question of what is "normal" climate for the West, and whether the relatively  Read more...

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"A masterful portrait of how water shaped the American West... Part detective story, part call to action, this book offers vital advice on how to fix the West's looming water crisis." -- Lee Billings Read more...

 
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