Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West

Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West

by James Lawrence Powell
     
 

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Where will the water come from to sustain the great desert cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix?
In a provocative exploration of the past, present, and future of water in the West, James Lawrence Powell begins at Lake Powell, the vast reservoir that has become an emblem of this story. At present, Lake Powell is less than half full. Bathtub rings ten

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Where will the water come from to sustain the great desert cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix?
In a provocative exploration of the past, present, and future of water in the West, James Lawrence Powell begins at Lake Powell, the vast reservoir that has become an emblem of this story. At present, Lake Powell is less than half full. Bathtub rings ten stories tall encircle its blue water; boat ramps and marinas lie stranded and useless. To refill it would require surplus water—but there is no surplus: burgeoning populations and thirsty crops consume every drop of the Colorado River. Add to this picture the looming effects of global warming and drought, and the scenario becomes bleaker still. Dead Pool, featuring rarely seen historical photographs, explains why America built the dam that made Lake Powell and others like it and then allowed its citizens to become dependent on their benefits, which were always temporary. Writing for a wide audience, Powell shows us exactly why an urgent threat during the first half of the twenty-first century will come not from the rising of the seas but from the falling of the reservoirs.

Editorial Reviews

Wilson Quarterly
“A historically important, well-timed, and memorable addition to the growing library of books about water and the West.”
Science (AAAS)
“A solid primer on the history of use of Colorado River water and the science of climate change.”
High Country News
“A suspense thriller, a history . . . and an informed warning. . . . Deserves to be read now, before we make even more mistakes.”
Earth Magazine
“A must read for Colorado River buffs, as well as anyone who wants a glimpse of what lies ahead for water.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520268029
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
839,037
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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"A historically important, well-timed, and memorable addition to the growing library of books about water and the West."—Wilson Quarterly

"A solid primer on the history of use of Colorado River water and the science of

climate change."—Science (Aaas)

"A suspense thriller, a history . . . and an informed warning. . . . Deserves to be read now, before we make even more mistakes."—High Country News

"A must read for Colorado River buffs, as well as anyone who wants a glimpse of what lies ahead for water."—Earth Magazine

Meet the Author

James Lawrence Powell, Executive Director of the National Physical Science Consortium at the University of Southern California, is author of Grand Canyon: Solving Earth's Grandest Puzzle, among other books.

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