Wellsprings: A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813536149
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Water from the heart : why Americans drink bottled water 3
2 Myths and mysteries : the geology of springs 19
3 Medicines and miracles : the chemistry of spring waters 41
4 The urns of Cana : evolution of the bottle 62
5 Hidden life, hidden death : the microbiology of bottled water 80
6 The winds of fashion : a history of drinking water 101
7 Paying dues : the bottled water business 116
8 The battle of ice mountain : bottled water and the law 135
9 An endless sea : regional geology and the variety of spring waters 155
10 Granites and glaciers : the Northeast 172
11 The land of springs : Florida 187
12 Desert crossings : the Southwest 205
13 Silver clouds below : California and the Pacific Northwest 224
14 Zen and the art of water quality : what makes "good" water good? 241
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