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Irrigated Eden : the Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West.

Author: Mark Fiege; William Cronon
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000.
Series: Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. Mark Flege's study of irrigation in southern Idaho's Snake River valley describes a complex interplay of human and natural systems. Using vast quantities of labor, irrigators built dams, excavated canals, laid out farms, and brought millions of acres into cultivation. But at each step, nature rebounded and  Read more...
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Fiege, Mark.
Irrigated Eden : The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2000
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Fiege; William Cronon
ISBN: 9780295989747 0295989742
OCLC Number: 1058492762
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages).
Contents: Foreword by William Cronon --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Discovering the Irrigated Landscape --
1. Genesis: Water, Earth, and Irrigation Systems --
2. Habitat: The Irrigated Landscape and Its Biota --
3. Dividing Water: Conflict, Cooperation, and Allocation on the Upper Snake River --
4. Labor and Landscape: Irrigated Agriculture and Work --
5. From Field to Market: Agricultural Production in the Irrigated Landscape --
6. Industrial Eden: Myth, Metaphor, and the Irrigated Landscape --
Conclusion: A World in the Making --
Notes --
Selected Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Weyerhaeuser environmental book.

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"Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. Mark Flege's study of irrigation in southern Idaho's Snake River valley describes a complex interplay of human and natural systems. Using vast quantities of labor, irrigators built dams, excavated canals, laid out farms, and brought millions of acres into cultivation. But at each step, nature rebounded and compromised their intended agricultural order. The result was a new and richly textured landscape made of layer upon layer of technology and intractable natural forces - one that engineers and farmers did not control with the precision they had anticipated." "Irrigated Eden is an unusual and absorbing work, important to anyone interested in western U.S. history, environmental history, or the human-nature relationship."--Jacket.

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