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Ogallala Blue Water and Life on the High Plains

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ISBN-10: 0881507369

ISBN-13: 9780881507362

Edition: 2007

Authors: William Ashworth

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A story of a crucial, dwindling natural resource: an invisible ocean of fresh water under the High Plains. The Ogallala Aquifer that lies deep beneath the Great Plains from Texas to Colorado contains enough water to fill Lake Erie nine times! Every year five trillion gallons are pumped out for irrigation, and if (or when) the aquifer goes dry, $20 billion worth of food and fiber grown with that irrigation will disappear. William Ashforth tells the fascinating history of the Ogallala from its formation millions of years ago to glimpses of the future when the Great Plains could return to their Sahara Desert-like past. 1 map, index.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Prologue: The Palisaded Plain
The Underground Ocean
The Phantom Reservoir
The Flattest Land
Pumping Kansas Dry
Declining Fortunes
A State of Nature
Don't Drink the Water
Too Important to Stop
Paper Water
To Determine Their Destiny
The Ghosts of Ancient Rivers
Peering at the Edge
To Dig a Hole
Holocene
"Wholly Unfit for Cultivation"
Finding the Water
Circles on the Plain
Apocalypse Delayed
Minimum Water
Adaptation
The Opportunity to be Efficient
Making Every Bit Count
A Tenuous Balance
An Elephant in a Dark Room
Roberts County Rancher
Drowning Texas Tech
The Long Farewell
Epilogue: The Buffalo Spring
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index