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The Resource Mirage : the false promise of desert agriculture, Russell Clemings

Mirage : the false promise of desert agriculture, Russell Clemings

Label
Mirage : the false promise of desert agriculture
Title
Mirage
Title remainder
the false promise of desert agriculture
Statement of responsibility
Russell Clemings
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Once touted as the bright hope for feeding the world's growing population, desert irrigation now threatens to destroy the very prosperity it was meant to create. Sounding the alarm, Mirage traces the development of desert farming, successfully initiated in British India and the American West, and shows the startling, calamitous results of this shortsighted enterprise. With monumental dams and complex technology we have made the desert bloom, only to see those labors eventually poison the land, ruining it for future cultivation and devastating fragile ecosystems
  • Chronicling the history of desert agriculture and irrigation in India and the later application of these techniques in the western United States and elsewhere, Clemings portrays ecosystems assaulted by invasive practices and crop irrigation methods designed without heed to the consequences. From the canal colonies of the Indus River basin to the massive dams of the lower Colorado River, we see the disastrous results of bringing arid lands under the agricultural yoke at any cost
  • With one-third of the world's crops raised on irrigated lands, the problems of sustainability have serious consequences. One of the most dire results has already been witnessed in the devastation at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in California. In less than four years, Kesterson went from a "thriving wildlife refuge to a death trap." Dead fish, deformed chickens, and the death of thousands of migratory birds resulted from the subsurface drainage of irrigated lands, causing some to call the occurrence the "Three Mile Island of desert agriculture."
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clemings, Russell
Dewey number
333.76/137/09154
Index
index present
LC call number
S613
LC item number
.C64 1996
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
S613.C64
NAL item number
1996
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • Agricultura
  • Agricultura
  • Agricultura
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • Arid regions agriculture
  • United States, West
  • Trockengebiet
  • Landwirtschaft
  • Umweltschutz
  • Agrarökologie
  • USA
Label
Mirage : the false promise of desert agriculture, Russell Clemings
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random0411/95038943.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The desert farming experiment -- 2. Manifest destiny -- 3. An early warning -- 4. Of drainage and baby ducks -- 5. A prophet without honor -- 6. Dueling nature in the lake bed -- 7. The once mighty Colorado -- 8. A flood down under -- 9. The gift of the Indus -- 10. Science searches for answers -- 11. A vision for the future
Control code
ocm33166431
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780871564160
Lccn
95038943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o33166431
  • (OCoLC)33166431
Label
Mirage : the false promise of desert agriculture, Russell Clemings
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random0411/95038943.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The desert farming experiment -- 2. Manifest destiny -- 3. An early warning -- 4. Of drainage and baby ducks -- 5. A prophet without honor -- 6. Dueling nature in the lake bed -- 7. The once mighty Colorado -- 8. A flood down under -- 9. The gift of the Indus -- 10. Science searches for answers -- 11. A vision for the future
Control code
ocm33166431
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780871564160
Lccn
95038943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o33166431
  • (OCoLC)33166431

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