The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment since the Manhattan Project

The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment since the Manhattan Project

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Overview

The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment since the Manhattan Project by V. B. Price

Although most people prefer not to think about them, hazardous wastes, munitions testing, radioactive emissions, and a variety of other issues affect the quality of land, water, and air in the Land of Enchantment, as they do all over the world.

In this book, veteran New Mexico journalist V. B. Price assembles a vast amount of information on more than fifty years of deterioration of the state's environment, most of it hitherto available only in scattered newspaper articles and government reports. Viewing New Mexico as a microcosm of global ecological degradation, Price's is the first book to give the general public a realistic perspective on the problems surrounding New Mexico's environmental health and resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826350497
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 11/16/2011
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author


V. B. Price is an award-winning Albuquerque journalist, poet, novelist, and teacher.


Nell Farrell is a documentary photographer and writer specializing in Latin American and the American Southwest.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments XV

Introduction 2

Chapter 1 Key Human Impacts on the New Mexico Environment 18

Chapter 2 Water: A Desert Among Eons of Oceans 54

Chapter 3 Environmental Discrimination: Dumping on the Poor 96

Chapter 4 Toxic Waste: "Everything Has to Go Somewhere" 146

Chapter 5 Urban/Rural Struggles: The Broader Habitat 222

Chapter 6 Conditions, Conclusions, New Paths to Follow 296

Notes 309

Selected Bibliography 339

Index 347

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