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Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land 3 Edition
Contributor(s): Opie, John, Miller, Char, Archer, Kenna Lang
ISBN: 0803296975     ISBN-13: 9780803296978
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
    OUR PRICE: $36.75  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: August 2018
The Ogallala aquifer, a vast underground water reserve extending from South Dakota through Texas, is the product of eons of accumulated glacial melts, ancient Rocky Mountain snowmelts, and rainfall, all percolating slowly through gravel beds hundreds of feet thick.

Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land is an environmental history and historical geography that tells the story of human defiance and human commitment within the Ogallala region. It describes the Great Plains’ natural resources, the history of settlement and dryland farming, and the remarkable irrigation technologies that have industrialized farming in the region. This newly updated third edition discusses three main issues: long-term drought and its implications, the efforts of several key groundwater management districts to regulate the aquifer, and T. Boone Pickens’s failed effort to capture water from the aquifer to supply major Texas urban areas. This edition also describes the fierce independence of Texas ranchers and farmers who reject any governmental or bureaucratic intervention in their use of water, and it updates information about the impact of climate change on the aquifer and agriculture.
Read Char Miller's article on to learn more about the Ogallala Aquifer.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Irrigation water; High Plains (U.S.); History.
Irrigation; High Plains (U.S.); History.
Agriculture; High Plains (U.S.); History.
BISAC Categories:
- Nature | Natural Resources
- Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
- History | United States | State & Local
Dewey: 333.91/3
LCCN: 2017038816
Academic/Grade Level: Scholarly/Undergraduate
Series: Our Sustainable Future
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.25" (1.44 lbs) 417 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
John Opie is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental History and Policy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the founding editor of the journal Environmental History and the author of Nature’s Nation: An Environmental History of the United States. Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and author of several books, including Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream. Kenna Lang Archer is an instructor of history at Angelo State University in Texas. She is the author of Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River.