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Publisher Comments:

John Wesley Powell's arid lands report was the first to argue that the American West could not support a conventional system of agriculture and that its lands could not sustain unlimited development. He recognized that water was a more precious resource than land, that rainfall could never support agriculture in the region, and that controlled irrigation offered the best use of its natural resources.

Years of drought have proved the value of his advice, which was not well received by an expansionist nation. Despite opposition from the timber, cattle, and mining industries, Powell's work led to the first assessments of the available water supplies and to the consolidation of government surveys and policies under one administration.

Review:

"One of the most significant and seminal books ever written about the West, . . . the classic statement of the terms on which the West could be peopled." Wallace Stegner

About the Author

John Wesley Powell (1834 - 1902) is best known for his expeditions to explore and map the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. He was instrumental in the formation of the U.S. Geological Survey, which he headed for thirteen years, and is known as the father of the reclamation movement. The Arid Lands was originally published as Report on the Lands of the Arid Regions of the United States in 1878.

Wallace Stegner (1913 - 93) is the author of The Gathering of Zion and Mormon Country, both available in Bison Books editions. John Vernon is Distinguished Professor of English at Binghamton University and the author of ten books. His most recent novel, The Last Canyon, is the story of Powell's first trip down the Colorado River.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803287815
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
United States - General
Foreword:
Vernon, John
Editor:
Stegner, Wallace Earle
Editor:
Stegner, Wallace
Author:
Powell, John Wesley
Author:
Vernon, John
Author:
Stegner, Wallace
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Public lands
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Public lands -- United States
Subject:
Public lands -- West (U.S.)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps, 31 tables, chronology, index
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.7 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » US History » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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