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Geo-Environmental Disconnection and the Colorado River Delta: Technology, Culture, and the Political Ecology of Paradise

Evan R. Ward

Environment and History 7(2001): 219-246

This article examines the alienation of water users in the lower Colorado River Basin from the river and its delta during the twentieth century. The author posits technological advances, affluence, geographic distance from the river itself, and prevalent Newtonian attitudes towards the landscape as the principal reasons for these geo-environmental disconnections. Politically, the competition between municipal, agricultural, and tourist-related activities contributed to the severing of ecological linkages between the urban and irrigated oases and the delta.


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