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The Atlas of Water, Second Edition: Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource [Paperback]

Maggie Black , Jannet King , Candida Lacey
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October 5, 2009 0520259343 978-0520259348 2
Climate change and an exponential population explosion threaten the world’s supply of fresh water, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated since its first edition, The Atlas of Water is a compelling visual guide to the state of this life-sustaining resource. Using vivid graphics, maps, and charts, it explores the complex human interaction with water over time and across the world. This vibrant atlas addresses all the pressing issues concerning water, from human impacts like dams and construction to water shortages and excessive demand, pollution, privatization, and water management. It also outlines critical tools for managing water, providing safe access to water, and preserving the future of the world’s water supply.

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Editorial Reviews


“Provides a fascinating look at the state of water in our world and can be considered a must-read for anyone grappling with this complex topic.”
(The Green Life Blog Sierra 2010-01-13)

“An appealing, brief volume that covers the global state of water resources, uses, and issues. . . . Recommended.”
(Choice 2010-07-08)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520259343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520259348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Single Best Book on Content, Visuals, and Price August 26, 2010
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This is one of twelve books on Water that I have read or am reading, expecting to get through all of them in the near term.

In comparison to the other works, this is the single best book when considering content, visuals, and price. This is the one book to buy if you want just one book and for that reason it is the only 6 in the lot, although Marq de Villier's book, the last one listed below, is in that group as well as the first book to really put it all together. Here are ten other books, reviews for all of which will be posted here at Amazon and at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog where you can access all my reviews on books about water with one click.

The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water
Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation)
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
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very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars great reference June 3, 2014
By michel
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it is great for anyone interested in water, even the pro, quick easy to understand reference. Great maps and charts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Atlas of Water February 23, 2014
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Was and is very informative and helpful in our Hydrology class. If you are into studying our water and geology of the earth, great book to have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great November 24, 2013
By Sisi
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Great book, its but complete (but not described so deep) to see the water conflict over the world, with nice visual map.
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