A Journey in the Future of Water
By: Terje Tvedt (author)Paperback
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Nourished by fears of global warming and climate change, water has become an issue of international concern. In "Journey in the Future of Water" leading water expert, TerjeTvedt, travels to 25 countries and all continents to find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond. From Project Moses, where gigantic underwater gates will rise to prevent the inundation of Venice, to India's River Link Plan, connecting 37 Himalayan rivers to major rivers in the south, the author examines the world's largest engineering projects, travels the great river valleys, visits 'the largest ocean under the Earth', and major cities of the world, to explore water's determining role in the life of the planet. The most comprehensive and accessible account of global water issues to date.
Terje Tvedt is Professor of Geography at the University of Bergen and Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. A Past President of the International Water History Association, he has published extensively on water-related topics and is the author of a number of influential books, including 'The River Nile in the Age of the British' (I.B.Tauris,2004), which was shortlisted for the BRISMES Prize. He is Editor of the series History of Water (I.B.Tauris) and has written and presented two successful television documentaries on water, shown in 150 countries.
Preface : A Journey in Water PART I: THE NEW UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WATER 1. To the rivers in heaven and the centre of the world 2. A pump tour in the Netherlands 3. The icy barrens that became the world's 'hot spot' 4. The city that refuses to drown 5. The Aztecs' 'land on water' and the Mayans' subterranean water world PART II: IN THE TIME OF THE WATER LORDS 6. South Africa's brief 'water war' 7. A water festival in Spain 8. To the Nile 9. Where the Blue Nile and the White Nile meet 10. Dams and baptisms in Ethiopia 11. On the Scandinavian rain coast 12. Dethroning the powers of the monsoon 13. Flood plain 14. To the Himalayas and the 'war in heaven' 15. Where the most sacred river is toxic 16. The dark horse at the roof of the world 17. "Cool" water - Paris and Lourdes PART III: A NEW WATER AGE 18. Walking on water in California 19. In the Sahara - a new man-made Nile Valley 20. History's grandest engineering project in China 21. Turn Those Siberian Rivers Around Now! 22. To the subterranean 'great lake' in the ancient land of the Indians 23. An island of the sagas enters the age of water Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index
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