Wellsprings: A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters

Wellsprings: A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters

by Francis H. Chapelle, Frank Chapelle
     
 

As Francis H. Chapelle reveals in this informative volume, a complex story of geology, hydrology, and history lies behind every bottle of spring water. The book chronicles the history of the bottled water industry in America from its beginnings in Europe hundreds of years ago to the present day. Subsequent chapters describe the chemical characteristics that make some… See more details below

Overview

As Francis H. Chapelle reveals in this informative volume, a complex story of geology, hydrology, and history lies behind every bottle of spring water. The book chronicles the history of the bottled water industry in America from its beginnings in Europe hundreds of years ago to the present day. Subsequent chapters describe the chemical characteristics that make some waters desirable, and provide an overview of the geologic circumstances that produce them. Wellsprings explains how these geologic conditions vary throughout the country, and how this affects the kinds and quality of bottled water that are available. Finally, Chapelle shows how the bottled water industry uses this natural history, together with the perceived health benefits of spring waters, to market its products.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813536149
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Water from the heart : why Americans drink bottled water3
2Myths and mysteries : the geology of springs19
3Medicines and miracles : the chemistry of spring waters41
4The urns of Cana : evolution of the bottle62
5Hidden life, hidden death : the microbiology of bottled water80
6The winds of fashion : a history of drinking water101
7Paying dues : the bottled water business116
8The battle of ice mountain : bottled water and the law135
9An endless sea : regional geology and the variety of spring waters155
10Granites and glaciers : the Northeast172
11The land of springs : Florida187
12Desert crossings : the Southwest205
13Silver clouds below : California and the Pacific Northwest224
14Zen and the art of water quality : what makes "good" water good?241

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