Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West

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University of Washington Press, 23 בנוב׳ 2009 - 320 עמודים

Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. Mark Fiege s fascinating and innovative study of irrigation in southern Idaho s Snake River valley describes a complex interplay of human and natural systems. Using vast quantities of labor, irrigators built dams, excavated canals, laid out farms, and brought millions of acres into cultivation. But at each step, nature rebounded and compromised the intended agricultural order. The result was a new and richly textured landscape made of layer upon layer of technology and intractable natural forces one that engineers and farmers did not control with the precision they had anticipated. Irrigated Eden vividly portrays how human actions inadvertently helped to create a strange and sometimes baffling ecology.

Winner of the Idaho Library Association Book Award, 1999

Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society, 1999-2000

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The Irrigated Landscape and Its Biota
42
Conflict Cooperation and Allocation on the Upper Snake River
81
Irrigated Agriculture and Work
117
Agricultural Production in the Irrigated Landscape
143
Myth Metaphor and the Irrigated Landscape
171
A World in the Making
203
Notes
211
Selected Bibliography
277
Index
307
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עמוד 249 - For water is a movable, wandering thing, and must of necessity continue common by the law of nature; so that I can only have a temporary, transient, usufructuary, property therein...
עמוד 251 - Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Bannock, Judge Oliver signed a minute entry and order which stated, in relevant part: "Dale W.
עמוד 279 - See Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), pp.
עמוד 180 - Joe Hunter Time built a pioneer and set him down Upon the grayest waste of Idaho. He clubbed the desert and he made it grow In broad and undulating fields of brown. He laid his might upon it, stripped its frown Of drought and thistles; till by sweat and glow He left the aged and barren hills aglow With color—and its flame was his renown. Few loved him, many feared, and some would smirk Derisively, and call his mind untaught; Of foul speech, and unclean from head to feet. Who poured his great dream...
עמוד 241 - It is a well-recognized fact that under many of the irrigation systems of our state thousands of acres of land which were reclaimed from an arid condition and which for a time produced valuable crops have now become alkalined or waterlogged, and thus ruined, and grow nothing but willows and tules because of the seepage of waters from canals and the irrigation of higher lands.
עמוד 241 - WHAT IS OR SHOULD BE THE STATUS OF WILDLIFE AS A FACTOR IN DRAINAGE AND RECLAMATION PLANNING?

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