Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind download free [PDF and Ebook] by Professor Of Anthropology Brian Fagan

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind download free [PDF and Ebook] by Professor Of Anthropology Brian Fagan year 2011
  • Book name: Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind
  • Author: Professor Of Anthropology Brian Fagan
  • Release date: 2011/7/1
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Technology and Engineering
  • ISBN: 9781608190034
  • Rating: 8.47 of 10
  • Votes: 86
  • Review by: Roy Mcgehee
  • Review rating: 7.38 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/11/3
  • Total pages: 384
  • Includes a PDF summary of 39 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: Elixir spans five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt. As Brian Fagan shows, every human society has been shaped by its relationship toour most essential resource. Fagan's sweeping narrative moves across the world, from ancient Greece and 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. He sets out three ages of water: In the first age, lasting thousands of years, water was scarce or at best unpredictable-so precious that it became sacred in almost every culture. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, human ingenuity had made water flow even in the most arid landscapes.This was the second age: water was no longer a mystical force to be worshipped and husbanded, but a commodity to be exploited. The American desert glittered with swimming pools- with little regard for sustainability. Today, we are entering a third age of water: As the earth's population approaches nine billion and ancient aquifers run dry, we will have to learn once again to show humility, even reverence, for this vital liquid. To solve the water crises of the future, we may need to adapt the water ethos of our ancestors.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 20H9M36S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Management Of Land & Natural Resources, Hydrology & The Hydrosphere, General & World History, Water Supply & Treatment, Social & Cultural History
  • Available formats: TXT, GIF, DOC, TCR, WORD, PDF, PNG, EPUB. Compressed in ZIP, RAR, DEB, TAR.XZ
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Approximate value: 40.16 USD
  • Dimensions: 165x243x34mm
  • Weight: 612g
  • Printed by: Not Available
  • Published in: New York, United States
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