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American West at Risk Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

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ISBN-10: 0195142055

ISBN-13: 9780195142051

Edition: 2008

Authors: Howard G. Wilshire, Jane E. Nielson, Richard W. Hazlett

List price: $41.95
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The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States-America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries,immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources. The importance of this story is that preserving lands has a central role for protecting air and water quality, and water supplies--and all support a healthy living environment. The idea that all life on…    
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Richard W. Hazlett is the winner of 1996 and 2001 Wig Awards for teaching excellence at Pomona College. He is the first Stephen M. Pauley Chair in Environmental Analysis at the college, receiving this appointment in 2001. His main research interests involve volcanic stratigraphy, igneous petrology and resources, but most recently has been exploring land use issues focusing on the American West. Dr. Hazlett styles himself as transitioning from hard-core geology to environmental studies with a land use/natural resource emphasis. He is a co-author with Bernard Pipkin and Dee D. Trent on GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT and the script author of the EARTH REVEALED telecourse series.

Introduction: Obeying Nature
Once and Future Trees
Harvesting the Future
Raiding the Range
Digging to China
Routes of Ruin
Legacies of War
Creating the Nuclear Wasteland
No Habitat but Our Own
The Last Drops
Garbage of the Golden West
Tragedy of the Playground
Driving to the End of America's Birthright
Nature's Way
Conclusion: The Needs of Our Posterity
Appendices
Conserving U.S. Public Lands: A Chronology
Best Intentions: Federal Waste Disposal Laws
Everything Comes from the Earth
Biochemical War and You
Destroyer of the Worlds
Plutonium Fields Forever
Bombs for Peace
The Bunker Buster Fantasy
U.S. and Them: The United States and World Oil Reserves
"Democratizing" Energy: Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Glossary
Notes
Index