Dry: Life Without Waterby Ehsan Masood
Water is in the air we breathe and beneath the ground we walk on. The very substance of life, it makes up as much as 60 percent of the human body. And yet, for one billion people there is such a thing as life without water. These are the people we meet in Dry--those who live in the dry lands of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, eking out an/i>
Water is in the air we breathe and beneath the ground we walk on. The very substance of life, it makes up as much as 60 percent of the human body. And yet, for one billion people there is such a thing as life without water. These are the people we meet in Dry--those who live in the dry lands of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, eking out an existence at once remarkable and mundane between craggy mountains, near oases, or close to well-springs surrounded by cracked earth or shifting sands.
From the ingenuity of the highland people of Chile's Atacama desert who use giant nets to capture water from clouds of fog, to the ancient wisdom that protects the grazing lands of Kenya's Masai, this beautifully illustrated book tells the diverse stories about people in very hot, very cold, or very high places, who spend their lives collecting, chasing, piping, and trapping the water that life requires--all the while taking great care that no form of life, plant or animal, benefits at the expense of another.
In a world of finite resources, where the struggle for shrinking sources of water intensifies daily, these stories--collected over three years by photographers, writers, and scientists from four continents--are a source of hope and wonder. This book contains a wealth of information and images designed to further awareness of the vast array of life that is carried on precariously yet proudly on the earth's dryest lands.
When it comes to water conservation, ancient wisdom often turns out to be far superior to modern insight...This is an insightful, not to say stunningly beautiful, book...Some of the longest-lasting and most successful initiatives described in Dry are those that promote, revive or build on indigenous knowledge and research. So let us not be so smug about the presumed intrinsic superiority of our modernity. The goat-rearers of Brazil, the camel herders of Sudan and the Bedouin of Jordan have a great deal to teach us, if only we could learn to listen.
Forty percent of the world's land surface and more than half the land surface of the developing world is arid. Sixteen stories from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East show how more than a billion people who live in these extreme hot, cold, or high places cope with the lack of water and other challenges to survival...Thoughtfully written with an impressive artistic layout and many poignant photographs, this is a book that deserves an international audience.
- Harvard University Press
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Meet the Author
Ehsan Masood is a London-based science journalist and consultant to the Science and Development Network.
Daniel Schaffer is the Public Information Officer for the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
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