-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 (from the introduction). 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 ...

The Arid Lands 2004, Bison Books, Lincoln, NE

ISBN-13: 9780803287815

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