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Irrigated Eden The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West von Fiege, Mark (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 23.11.2009
  • Verlag: University of Washington Press
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Irrigated Eden

Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. Mark Fieges fascinating and innovative study of irrigation in southern Idahos 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 the intended agricultural order. The result was a new and richly textured landscape made of layer upon layer of technology and intractable natural forcesone that engineers and farmers did not control with the precision they had anticipated. Irrigated Eden vividly portrays how human actions inadvertently helped to create a strange and sometimes baffling ecology.Winner of the Idaho Library Association Book Award, 1999Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society, 1999-2000


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 23.11.2009
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780295989747
    Verlag: University of Washington Press
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