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Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment
A Discover Magazine Top Science Book of the Year
A Northern California Book Award Finalist
There are more than 45,000 of them in the world. They have altered the speed of the planet's rotation, the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field. They influence landscapes and societies. They are dams, and in Deep Water, Jacques Leslie offers an incisive, searching...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Picador
(first published 2005)
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This was written by a journalist who spends time with three different members on the World Committee on Dams. He goes to India and spends time with the people who are protesting the Narvada Dam project. He goes to Africa and follows around an engineer type who is building dams in southern Africa. I learned that the Okavango Delta flow inland rather than out to an ocean. The dam projects in Africa are horrible ill conceived projects. He also goes to Australia to look at the management of the Murr...more
An absolutely brilliant book until you reach the third (and last) section. Part travel essay and part environmental / anthropological exploration into the impact of dams around the world, this one's utterly fascinating. It would have earned 5 stars if the last third didn't jump around so damn much.