Great Aridness Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest
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Description: With its soaring azure sky and stark landscapes, the American Southwest is one of the most hauntingly beautiful regions on earth. Yet staggering population growth, combined with the intensifying effects of climate change, is driving the oasis-based society close to the brink of a Dust-Bowl-scale catastrophe.InA Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States. Examining interrelated factors such as vanishing wildlife, forest die backs, and the over-allocation of the already stressed Colorado River--upon which nearly 30 million people depend--the author narrates the landscape's history--and future. He tells the inspiring stories of the climatologists and others who are helping untangle the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming. And while the fate of this region may seem at first blush to be of merely local interest, what happens in the Southwest, deBuys suggests, will provide a glimpse of what other mid-latitude arid lands worldwide--the Mediterranean Basin, southern Africa, and the Middle East--will experience in the coming years.Written with an elegance that recalls the prose of John McPhee and Wallace Stegner,A Great Aridnessoffers an unflinching look at the dramatic effects of climate change occurring right now in our own backyard.
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Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Maps|
|Introduction: The Tracks at Cedar Springs|
|High Blue: The Great Downshift of Dryness|
|Oracle: Global-Change-Type Drought|
|Sand Canyon: Vanishing Acts|
|Janos: A Mirror in Time|
|Lava Falls: The Blood of Oasis Civilization|
|The Canal at River's End: Thirsty Arizona|
|Highway 79 Revisited: "Mega" Trends in the Sun Corridor|
|Apache Pass: Crossing the Line|
|Mogollon Plateau: Fires Present and Future|
|Mt. Graham: The Biopolitics of Change|
|Hawikku: Welcome to the Anthropocene|