Mark Fiege,William Cronon's Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in PDF

By Mark Fiege,William Cronon

Irrigation got here to the arid West in a wave of optimism concerning the energy of water to make the desolate tract bloom. Mark Fiege�s interesting and cutting edge learn of irrigation in southern Idaho�s Snake River valley describes a posh interaction of human and traditional structures. utilizing substantial amounts of work, irrigators outfitted dams, excavated canals, laid out farms, and taken hundreds of thousands of acres into cultivation. yet at each one step, nature rebounded and compromised the meant agricultural order. the outcome was once a brand new and richly textured panorama made from layer upon layer of expertise and intractable ordinary forces�one that engineers and farmers didn't regulate with the precision they'd expected. Irrigated Eden vividly portrays how human activities inadvertently helped to create a wierd and infrequently baffling ecology.

Winner of the Idaho Library organization booklet Award, 1999

Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, woodland heritage Society, 1999-2000

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