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A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

William deBuys


With its soaring azure sky and stark landscapes, the American Southwest is one of the most hauntingly beautiful regions on earth. Yet staggering population growth, combined with the intensifying effects of climate change, is driving the oasis-based society close to the brink of a Dust-Bowl-scale catastrophe. In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised t ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199778928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William deBuys, author