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Killing the hidden waters

Author: Charles Bowden
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Revisiting his earliest work with a new introduction, "What I Learned Watching the Wells Go Down," Bowden looks back at his first effort to awaken people to the costs and limits of using natural resources through a simple and obvious example - water. He drives home the point that years of droughts, rationing, and even water wars have done nothing to slake the insatiable consumption of water in the American West.  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Bowden
ISBN: 0292743068 9780292743069
OCLC Number: 54485419
Notes: Originally published: ©1977.
Description: xi, 174 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: PART ONE: The lay of the land --
Stick --
Shovel --
Tractor --
Conquest --
PART TWO: Pump --
PART THREE: Taking care of business.
Responsibility: by Charles Bowden ; [now with a new introduction by the author].
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Bowden's classic study of "mining" the waters of the southwestern United States presents a historical, ethnological, and technological analysis in clean, compelling prose.  Read more...

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