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The Llano Estacado of the Us Southern High Plains, the: Environmental Transformation and the Prospect of Sustainability
     

The Llano Estacado of the Us Southern High Plains, the: Environmental Transformation and the Prospect of Sustainability

by Elizabeth Brooks, Jacque Emel, Brad Jokisch (With), Paul Robbins (With)
 

The Llano Estacado straddles the Texas-New Mexico border, nestled between the Texas Panhandle and the Pecos River Valley. It was described by early Spanish explorers as an arid, featureless landscape, and, according to Mexican and Anglo-Texan lore, was the last refuge of the uncivilized. The region attracted Comancheros, marauding outlaws and renegades who plagued

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The Llano Estacado straddles the Texas-New Mexico border, nestled between the Texas Panhandle and the Pecos River Valley. It was described by early Spanish explorers as an arid, featureless landscape, and, according to Mexican and Anglo-Texan lore, was the last refuge of the uncivilized. The region attracted Comancheros, marauding outlaws and renegades who plagued civil society. This book traces the history of the Llano Estacado - especially its radical transformations following the Civil War as railroads opened the beef trade, the discovery of rich oil deposits in the 1920s, and the decision made in the 1930s to tap the Southern Ogallala Aquifer to irrigate the region's farms. The authors focus in part on the consequences of modern irrigation, and concerns that the Ogallala Aquifer-a storehouse of fossil water dating back to the post-Cretaceous period-will be depleted. They conclude that the Llano Estacado is a "partially threatened" region, and explore its future sustainability.

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This volume presents an environmental, social, and economic history of the Llano Estacado region of the U.S. Southern High Plains. Brooks (an independent scholar) and Emel (resource geographer, Clark University) illustrate the tremendous changes in environment that occurred with the European settlement of the Plains. They detail the development of a modern irrigation culture, dependent upon non- renewable or exhaustible water resources. Chapters trace the history of the area from 12,000 B.P. to the present, and consider the future of the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280810424
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Development Centre Seminars Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Brooks is an independent scholar and researcher working in Washington DC. She has written about political and cultural aspects of water resource management and consulted on a variety of environmental issues including impacts of long-term climate change on water resources, public health effects from industrial airborne emissions, and risk perception of radioactive waste handling and storage. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University. Jacque Emel is a Resource Geographer at Clark University who has written on a number of resource and environmental issues including water resource allocation, gold mining markets and regulation, animals and their representations in society and politics, and the social risks of nuclear waste disposal. She received her Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Clark University, she was a water resource planner for the State of Arizona. Brad Jokisch is Associate Professor of Geography at Ohio University. Paul Robbins is Profssor and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.

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