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Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature. a Discussionand Viewer's Guide to the Pbs Series.

Author: Ceasar L Mcdowell; Bob Wisehart; Laura Bonk; Marc Reisner
Publisher: Cadillac Desert Outreach Office, 1997.
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Cadillac Desert is a four-part Public Broadcasting Service (pbs) video series on the remaking of America's West through startling feats of engineering and the consequences that this manipulation of water and nature has wrought. This guide is meant to serve as a resource for discussing the issues raised in the series. The first part of the guide presents a thematic overview of each of the four shows. The first three  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ceasar L Mcdowell; Bob Wisehart; Laura Bonk; Marc Reisner
OCLC Number: 967500125
Language Note: English.
Description: 21 pages

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Cadillac Desert is a four-part Public Broadcasting Service (pbs) video series on the remaking of America's West through startling feats of engineering and the consequences that this manipulation of water and nature has wrought. This guide is meant to serve as a resource for discussing the issues raised in the series. The first part of the guide presents a thematic overview of each of the four shows. The first three programs are based on Marc Reisner's groundbreaking book "Cadillac Desert," an examination of how water created the modern American West--the most successful "hydrologic society" in history. The series begins with the story of Los Angeles and its unquenchable thirst for water in "Mulholland's Dream." The second program, "An American Nil," tell how the Colorado River became the most regulated river in history. Next in the series is "The Mercy of Nature" which tracks the political and environmental battles that ended in California's Great Central Valley being transformed from a semiarid desert into the richest agricultural region in the world. The fourth and final program is based on the award-winning book, "Last Oasis" by Sandra Postel. It examines the ramifications of the export of America's water development expertise to the rest of the world, and shows how conservation, recycling, and efficiency offer hopeful and sustainable solutions to the world's gathering water crisis. A synopsis of each major theme, discussion questions, and a list of the key interviewees is included with each show description. Also included in the guide are a resource list, a guide to public discussions, activities for the classroom, and a guide to water resources. (Jrh).

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