Western waters : New Mexico's Big Ditch and groundwater in Colorado's South Platte Valley
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Water is at the heart of history in the American West. This connection ought to be especially lucid to westerners, but in fact the opposite is often true. Water seems to pour out of our faucets by magic – its origins hidden, its journey obscure. Environmental history can help reclaim the lost relationships between people and this vital substance which shapes western landscapes, livelihoods, and lives. The main goal of the essays herein is to contribute to this understanding. This thesis consists of two distinct but related historical threads, both dealing with western water. The advantage of ...