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It s nice to see the Left giving credence to paleoclimate and natural cycles It s just too bad they have to spout the AGW nonsense throughout so as not to be deemed deniers and lose everything These two remind me of Brian Fagan It s spineless, but at least it informs the Left of natural cycles It s poorly written and extremely redundant, but somewhat informative. The science behind California s water woes too little, then too muchThis is a valuable book, well worth your attention, particularly for Californians California gets almost all its rainfall in the winters, in just 5 or 6 big storms per year If there are too few or too many storms well, you see the problem.Drought is California s ongoing problem, but the worst potential weather disaster that the US Geological Survey has identified, is a repeat of the great California floods of 1861 62 A similar flood today might do 725 billion in damages, or triple the cost of a bad urban earthquake.See USGS superstorm scenario You should be aware that the writing quality of this book is just fair, and some technical explanations are incomplete or confusing But the authors basic message is crystal clear California s climate has taken some nasty turns in the past 10,000 years, worse than any in the short written history of the state and some unpleasant repeats may come back to haunt us Best to be prepared for the worst.Book review at Earth magazine, May 2014 #READ EPUB È The West without Water ¹ The West Without Water Documents The Tumultuous Climate Of The American West Over Twenty Millennia, With Tales Of Past Droughts And Deluges And Predictions About The Impacts Of Future Climate Change On Water Resources Looking At The Region S Current Water Crisis From The Perspective Of Its Climate History, The Authors Ask The Central Question Of What Is Normal Climate For The West, And Whether The Relatively Benign Climate Of The Past Century Will Continue Into The Future The West Without Water Merges Climate And Paleoclimate Research From A Wide Variety Of Sources As It Introduces Readers To Key Discoveries In Cracking The Secrets Of The Region S Climatic Past It Demonstrates That Extended Droughts And Catastrophic Floods Have Plagued The West With Regularity Over The Past Two Millennia And Recounts The Most Disastrous Flood In The History Of California And The West, Which Occurred In The Authors Show That, While The West May Have Temporarily Buffered Itself From Such Harsh Climatic Swings By Creating Artificial Environments And Human Landscapes, Our Modern Civilization May Be Ill Prepared For The Future Climate Changes That Are Predicted To Beset The Region They Warn That It Is Time To Face The Realities Of The Past And Prepare For A Future In Which Fresh Water May Be Less ReliableRead An Excerpt Here The West Without Water What Past Floods, Droughts, And Other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow By B L By University Of California Press May We Borrow Your Husband? & Other Comedies of the Sexual Life (20th-Century Classics) With Tales Of Past Droughts And Deluges And Predictions About The Impacts Of Future Climate Change On Water Resources Looking At The Region S Current Water Crisis From The Perspective Of Its Climate History Parfumul The Authors Ask The Central Question Of What Is Normal Climate For The West The Light Between Oceans And Whether The Relatively Benign Climate Of The Past Century Will Continue Into The Future The West Without Water Merges Climate And Paleoclimate Research From A Wide Variety Of Sources As It Introduces Readers To Key Discoveries In Cracking The Secrets Of The Region S Climatic Past It Demonstrates That Extended Droughts And Catastrophic Floods Have Plagued The West With Regularity Over The Past Two Millennia And Recounts The Most Disastrous Flood In The History Of California And The West Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Third Edition Which Occurred In The Authors Show That The Velveteen Rabbit While The West May Have Temporarily Buffered Itself From Such Harsh Climatic Swings By Creating Artificial Environments And Human Landscapes Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview: How the Nazi Eugenic Crusade for a Superior Race Caused the Greatest Holocaust in World History Our Modern Civilization May Be Ill Prepared For The Future Climate Changes That Are Predicted To Beset The Region They Warn That It Is Time To Face The Realities Of The Past And Prepare For A Future In Which Fresh Water May Be Less ReliableRead An Excerpt Here The West Without Water What Past Floods Bits and Pieces of Alaskan History Droughts Star Project Chiro, Volume 1 And Other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow By B L By University Of California Press Chapter 14 should be required reading for anyone living in the West The whole book, really the topic itself gets five stars for importance This book s strengths are its careful cataloguing of many types of research on climate cycles This painstaking walk through of everything from tree ring data to plant pollen in lake sediments to the chemical makeup of drilled coral cores it truly is an astonishing summary of a research literature I learned a lot about methods for assessing climate change and applaud the ingenuity of scientists who came up with them The downside is that it read like a scientific review paper than a book, which is a shame given the pressing importance of the topic and the need for public interest in it I wish the book had repeated the same information fewer times and spent time exploring the past human impact and what it tells us about future human impact The passages dedicated to human and wildlife impact were among the most compelling, and would unfortunately, given human priorities do the job better than simply saying the west faces a dry future over and over I felt the best arguments for behavior change were underdeveloped Barely a passing mention about how tide marshes can slow waves in storms and rising sea levels, for example post Katrina, that is a point that the public could vividly accept, whereas right now too much of the public thinks that wetland preservation is about saving obscure birds and bugs at the expense of jobs, and derides reality as a tree hugging view I guess the book did what it said in the first part of the title giving extensive info on past climate changes I just wish it had developed the clues about the future And also, that it had a better editor who encouraged them to write it with vivid concrete examples of past and future outcomes. Interesting A little too scientifically intense in places hard to understand I was disappointed that the book focused mostly on California, and not on the West as a whole After seeing the water issues in our county this year, it s pretty scary Especially if we have another weak winter. Interesting book that centers around the idea that climate has been historically quite variable and that the last few centuries have been abnormally bening givin rise to humas settling regions not suitable for long term inhabitation The book does not really bring in any new facts but spends countless pages introducing tidbits of disjointed science that are better read elsewhere it also feels repetitive as well For the actual content at hand, this would have worked better as a long decent The Atlantic article with the meat of the talk Still worth a read if you have to have read all the books in this field recently. An eye opener for me in terms of the bigger picture I had a pretty good understanding of recent climatic developments prior to reading the book, but had not really studied preceding large scale changes going back tens of thousands of years The detective work employed by paleo climatologists to reconstruct past events was truly fascinating again, while I had heard of some of the methods used like radiocarbon dating and tree ring counting , others were completely new and I marveled at the ingenuity of analyzing sediment cores or measuring the difference between oxygen isotopes If there s one downside for this study, it s that the Western water policy section is too short While significant attention has been given to water by other researchers, the critical importance of the resource to urban centers in the American West requires a in depth discussion Also, the vast majority of the discussion focuses on California it matters to know what other states are doing in order to identify a solution that includes all stakeholders In terms of climate discussion, I would have liked to get examples from around the world Then again, perhaps other areas haven t been as closely studied as the U.S Drawing the line, I find this to be an important book that every well informed resident in the North American West should read and understand Adaptation to new conditions will be painful and relentless, but knowing the climate doesn t change randomly or inexplicably will allow us to become better prepared for dealing with what s coming. Read thisAs a civil engineer, I recommend all read this book to understand where water comes from It is a precious resource. Based solely on its content, The West without Water certainly merits 4 or 5 stars for the impressive amount of research the authors have done, and the clear and sensible way in which they present it Factoring in readability, however, is what ultimately led me to give it 3 stars The authors attempted to keep the text from being too dry, but did not manage to do so for the bulk of the book For one thing, they refer back to a number of studies, findings, events, etc multiple times, and these revisitations made the book feel pretty repetitive The details of their research methods are very in depth and although presented in a very plain, easy to read understand manner, the sheer volume of it is simply inundating The West without Water is a reservoir of simulations, observations, and studies conducted by climatologists, geochemists, archeologists, micropaleontologists, dendrochronologists, and other professionals whose line of work I was forced to infer from my knowledge of prefixes Together, using proxy evidence such as mud from the bottom of lakes and ponds, microscopic organisms living in the oceans, bubbles frozen in glaciers, pencil thin wood core drilled from trees, and salts precipitating in dried up lake bottoms, this group of scientists has put together a timeline of the earth s climatic history, drifting back than 100,000 years ago Focusing primarily on the volatile Western region of the United States especially California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico , their research uncovered patterns of extreme droughts and floods, and the interrelationship of atmospheric pressures, wind ocean currents, water surface temperatures, sea life populations, and many other elements Whether drawing conclusions from tree rings or carbon isotopes of sediment layers, scientists can get a pretty good idea about most anything about past climate trends water salinity, plant variety and concentrations, and shoreline levels.From there, they project likely future scenarios, and the predictions warn of harsher droughts and devastating megafloods unlike any ever seen interspersed throughout While they do spend a little bit of time discussing natural causes of past variations in climate and the persistent tendency of climate to follow patterns and oscillations such as the shifting of tectonic plates and the fluctuation of sunspot activity, the overflowing evidence of manmade factors negatively impacting our water sources and marine life suggests that it is only a matter of time before we begin to see some of these changes For example, based on the aging of past megafloods that have occurred in the past 2,000 years in the Santa Barbara Basin area, they appear to reccur about every 200 years or 400 in two cases , with the last one striking in 1605 That means California is overdue for the next one.Most of this research is speculative, as there can be no absolute way to confirm the findings, but in almost every instance the same conclusions float to the surface, regardless of method, location, or personnel, which should be enough to at least justify treading lightly in matters of our nation s water consumption The last section of the book does discuss some methods for water conservation and preparation for imminent climate change, but is dwarfed by the earlier compilation of findings used to arrive at proof of the need for said alterations All in all, the book is very informative, and discusses a very immediate and dire issue, but is a little too much to absorb in one read through. The West without Wateris a very readable book describing the historical climate of the Southwest United States going back for hundreds of thousands of years and Scientific temperature and rainfall records only go back for one hundred and fifty years or so, so evidence for the normal climate of the Southwest is based on proxy records Proxies include analysis of tree ring growth, bore holes, ice bores, radiocarbon dating techniques, chemical and microscopic analysis, lake bed analysis, etc These secondary measurements give scientists clues as to regional temperatures and water availability from the past But the book doesn t focus too heavily on these techniques, but just gives enough background into them to allow the reader to gain an understanding of why these techniques are used, and why they make sense The book also examines the history of the West, such as the Southwest native indian cultures such as the Anasazi pueblo and cliff dwellers, and shows how the regions natural draught cycles led to the collapse of their civilizations The authors also describe what the evidence shows are the predominant climate cycles for the region, and how the recent settlement times of the Southwest, while dry, may have been much less dry than for historical norms Adequate water for the region is and remains a significant concern, and with increased population, increasing water demands, and with the climate reverting back to warmer and drier times, the water supply will only become critical Since such a significant portion of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts are grown in the California region, adequate water supplies are critical not just for domestic use, but for agricultural use as well With increasing competition for water, and a reduction of anticipated water supplies for the region, the problem is real and must be addressed One part of addressing the problem is recognition and acceptance of the problem, and this book goes a long way to providing the background and possible solutions for water in the West.

  • Hardcover
  • 280
  • The West without Water
  • B. Lynn Ingram
  • English
  • 13 June 2017
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About the Author: B. Lynn Ingram

B LYNN INGRAMProfessorDepartment of Earth and Planetary Science University of California Berkeley, CA 94720 ingram eps.berkeley.eduEDUCATIONPh.D Geology, Stanford UniversityM.S Geology, University of California, Los AngelesB.S Geology Paleobiology Speciality , University of 1984 California, Los Angeles HONORS AND AWARDS2000 2001 Fulbright Senior Scholar Australia 2003 2004 Miller Professorsh