Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains (Paperback)

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A story of a crucial, dwindling natural resource: an invisible ocean of fresh water under the High Plains.


The Ogallala Aquifer that lies deep beneath the Great Plains from Texas to Colorado contains enough water to fill Lake Erie nine times! Every year five trillion gallons are pumped out for irrigation, and if (or when) the aquifer goes dry, $20 billion worth of food and fiber grown with that irrigation will disappear. William Ashforth tells the fascinating history of the Ogallala from its formation millions of years ago to glimpses of the future when the Great Plains could return to their Sahara Desert-like past.

About the Author


William Ashworth is an award-winning author of numerous environmental and natural history books. He lives in Ashland, OR.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780881507362
ISBN-10: 0881507369
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: July 17th, 2007
Pages: 352
Language: English