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The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west

Author: Rebecca Lawton
Publisher: Salt Lake City: Torrey House Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Torrey House Press editionView all editions and formats
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Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in these fifteen essays on natural and faux oases. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots--in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems./Lawton thoroughly and eloquently  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Lawton
ISBN: 9781937226930 193722693X
OCLC Number: 1030906645
Description: 201 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The Sentinels --
Send in the clowns --
Seventeen palms --
A lot to learn --
Inappropriation --
May all beings be stoked --
The lone kayaker --
First responders --
Where the birds are --
Why we call it mourning --
Widowmakers --
Three days to be here --
Everybody was so nice --
Fountains of fountains --
The oasis this time.
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Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in these fifteen essays on natural and faux oases. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots--in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems./Lawton thoroughly and eloquently explores human attitudes toward water in the West, from Twentynine Palms, California, to Sitka, Alaska. A lifelong immersion in all things water forms Lawton's deep thinking about living with this critical compound and sometimes dying in it, on it, with too much of it, or for lack of it. The Oasis This Time, the inaugural Waterston Desert Writing Prize winner, is a call for us to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water. -- provided by publisher

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