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Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology ed. by Andrew Gulliford (review)

Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology ed. by Andrew Gulliford (review) er will find the steady current offering an organic unity to the experience. But an author who explores a river that is one minute dusty wash and the next raging with a flash flood­induced debris flow, or diverted and dry in one reach yet in another resurrected by a steady discharge of treated wastewater from a sewage effluent plant--that author will sense a different sort of unity, one more elusive, perhaps like the desert itself and the creatures living there. Lamberton spent eight years researching and carefully crafting Dry River, which provides a wealth of historical and ecological information. Readers interested in how an arid region with a deep human history--Native American, Spanish, and Anglo--can be restored and preserved despite a past of environmental abuse and ongoing demands on its water resources will find a hopeful outlook in the book--indeed, the possibility for redemption. At the same time, the book should make us all think about what our rivers would be like without water, a somber notion increasingly serious for those living west of the hundredth meridian--and, with climate change, perhaps for those living to the east as well. Readers invested in ecological restoration will find much to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology ed. by Andrew Gulliford (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 50 (1) – Jun 21, 2015

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er will find the steady current offering an organic unity to the experience. But an author who explores a river that is one minute dusty wash and the next raging with a flash flood­induced debris flow, or diverted and dry in one reach yet in another resurrected by a steady discharge of treated wastewater from a sewage effluent plant--that author will sense a different sort of unity, one more elusive, perhaps like the desert itself and the creatures living there. Lamberton spent eight years researching and carefully crafting Dry River, which provides a wealth of historical and ecological information. Readers interested in how an arid region with a deep human history--Native American, Spanish, and Anglo--can be restored and preserved despite a past of environmental abuse and ongoing demands on its water resources will find a hopeful outlook in the book--indeed, the possibility for redemption. At the same time, the book should make us all think about what our rivers would be like without water, a somber notion increasingly serious for those living west of the hundredth meridian--and, with climate change, perhaps for those living to the east as well. Readers invested in ecological restoration will find much to

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Published: Jun 21, 2015

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