The Resource Elixir : a history of water and humankind, Brian Fagan

Elixir : a history of water and humankind, Brian Fagan

Label
Elixir : a history of water and humankind
Title
Elixir
Title remainder
a history of water and humankind
Statement of responsibility
Brian Fagan
Title variation
Human history of water
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The story of our most vital resource, and how it has shaped the history of every human society, spans five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched Sun Belt, from ancient Rome, whose mighty aqueducts still supply modern cities, to China, where emperors marshaled armies of laborers in a centuries-long struggle to tame powerful rivers. Anthropologist Fagan sets out three ages of water: In the first, lasting thousands of years, water was scarce--so precious that it became sacred in almost every culture. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, human ingenuity had brought water to the most arid landscapes. This was the second age: water as commodity. Even bone-dry regions like the American Southwest glittered with swimming pools and golf courses. Today, we are entering a third age: as our population approaches nine billion and ancient aquifers run dry, we must learn once again to treat this essence of life with humility, even reverence.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DNAL/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fagan, Brian M
Dewey number
553.7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GB671
LC item number
.F34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Water
  • Water
  • Water
  • Water and civilization
Label
Elixir : a history of water and humankind, Brian Fagan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [351]-369) and index
Contents
Canals, furrows, and rice paddies. The elixir of life ; Farmers and furrows ; "Whoever has a channel has a wife" ; Hohokam : "Something that is all gone" ; The power of the waters -- Waters from afar. Landscapes of Enlil ; The lands of Enki ; "I caused a canal to be cut" ; The waters of Zeus ; Aquae Romae -- Cisterns and monsoons. Waters that purify ; China's sorrow -- Ancient American hydrologists. The water lily lords ; Triumphs of gravity -- Gravity and beyond. The waters of Islam ; "Lifting power-- more certain than that of a hundred men" ; Mastery?
Control code
ocn653842797
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxvii, 384 p.
Isbn
9781608190034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010032082
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1345176
  • (OCoLC)653842797
Label
Elixir : a history of water and humankind, Brian Fagan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [351]-369) and index
Contents
Canals, furrows, and rice paddies. The elixir of life ; Farmers and furrows ; "Whoever has a channel has a wife" ; Hohokam : "Something that is all gone" ; The power of the waters -- Waters from afar. Landscapes of Enlil ; The lands of Enki ; "I caused a canal to be cut" ; The waters of Zeus ; Aquae Romae -- Cisterns and monsoons. Waters that purify ; China's sorrow -- Ancient American hydrologists. The water lily lords ; Triumphs of gravity -- Gravity and beyond. The waters of Islam ; "Lifting power-- more certain than that of a hundred men" ; Mastery?
Control code
ocn653842797
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxvii, 384 p.
Isbn
9781608190034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010032082
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1345176
  • (OCoLC)653842797

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