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Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – February 20, 2009
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"Water is the foundation upon which California's ecosystems and economic vitality rise. This is a must read for anyone living in California, whether they are students, politicians, farmers, environmental activists, or corporate executives."Arthur Guy Baggett, Jr., Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
"A comprehensive, readable natural history guide to an extremely complicated subject. It interweaves the historical, human, and technological factors with the ecological and environmental realities."Pam Lloyd, former Chair of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, S.F. Bay Region
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"Age dating of tree stumps that are now submerged in lakes and rivers has identified two epic droughts periods in California during the Middle Ages. Stumps at Mono Lake, Lake Tenaya and Walker River show two medieval droughts, one lasting 140 years and the other at least 100 years. The twentieth century was not 'normal' when compared to this longer record; it was, in fact, California's third- or fourth-wettest century of the past 4,000 years. Scott Stine, in his report on this research, noted, 'Since statehood, Californians have been living the the best of climatic times. And we've taken advantage of these best of times by building the most colossal urban and agricultural infrastructure in the entire world, all dependent on huge amounts of water, and all based on the assumption that runoff from the Sierra Nevada will continue as it has during the past 150 years.' "
The book is small enough to fit in your coat pocket. The small size is part of its charm, but it also means the illustrations are necessarily very small. There are a number of maps which have been scaled down to the point of illegibility, and would be much more useful if they could be seen at a larger size. The author or publisher could do a service by making full-size versions of these available on the web.