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The Texas Landscape Project explores conservation and ecology in Texas by presenting a highly visual and deeply researched view of the widespread changes that have affected the state as its population and economy have boomed and as Texans have worked ever harder to safeguard its bountiful but limited natural resources. Covering the entire state, from Pineywoods bottomlands and Panhandle playas to Hill Country springs and Big Bend canyons, the project examines a host of familiar and not so familiar environmental issues.

A companion volume to The Texas Legacy Project, this book tracks specific environmental changes that have occurred in Texas using more than 300 color maps, expertly crafted by cartographer Jonathan Ogren, and over 100 photographs that coalesce to fashion a broad portrait of the modern Texas landscape. The rich data, compiled by author David Todd, is presented in clearly written yet marvelously detailed text that gives historical context and contemporary statistics while exploring and unpacking the environmental trends connected to the land, water, air, energy, and built world of the second-largest and second-most populated state in the nation.

An engaging read for any environmentalist or conscientious citizen, The Texas Landscape Project provides a true sense of the grand scope of the Lone Star State and the high stakes of protecting it.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Overview Map
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Land
  2. pp. xviii-xx
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  1. Land Protection
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Prairies, Pastures, Cropfields, and Lawns
  2. pp. 11-26
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  1. Desert Bighorn Sheep
  2. pp. 27-36
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  1. The Big Thicket
  2. pp. 37-52
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  1. The Neches Valley
  2. pp. 53-61
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  1. Conserving Land and Wildlife
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. Cooperation
  2. pp. 65-73
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  1. Wildlife, Land, and Taxes
  2. pp. 74-84
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  1. The Fall and Rise of the American Bison
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. Water
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Surface Water
  2. pp. 100-102
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  1. High Plains Playas
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. Reservoirs
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. Drought and Water Use
  2. pp. 120-126
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  1. Stream Flows and Water Rights
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. Water Planning and Interbasin Transfers
  2. pp. 139-145
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  1. Dams in the Big Bend
  2. pp. 146-153
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  1. Trinity Barge Canal
  2. pp. 154-161
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  1. Fishing, Swimming, and Polluting
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. History and Prehistory of Lake Amistad
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Falcon Reservoir’s Drowned History
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Exotic Fish in Texas
  2. pp. 183-191
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  1. Groundwater
  2. pp. 192-194
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  1. Lost Springs and Old Trails
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Barton Springs, Austin,and Nonpoint Source Pollution
  2. pp. 199-207
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  1. Ogallala Aquifer
  2. pp. 208-216
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  1. Comal, San Antonio, and the Edwards
  2. pp. 217-226
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  1. Houston Subsidence
  2. pp. 227-235
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  1. Gulf of Mexico
  2. pp. 236-237
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  1. Reefs
  2. pp. 238-245
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  1. Storms and the Texas Coast
  2. pp. 246-259
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  1. Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
  2. pp. 260-271
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  1. Air
  2. pp. 272-273
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  1. Lead, Smeltertown, and the Family Car
  2. pp. 274-283
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  1. The Ozone Hole
  2. pp. 284-290
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  1. Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke
  2. pp. 291-298
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  1. Upsets
  2. pp. 299-309
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  1. Monarch Butterflies
  2. pp. 310-318
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  1. Energy
  2. pp. 319-321
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  1. Coal
  2. pp. 322-334
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  1. Oil and Gas, Water and Wastewater
  2. pp. 335-342
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  1. Brown Pelican
  2. pp. 343-352
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  1. Wind Energy
  2. pp. 353-363
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  1. The Built World
  2. pp. 364-365
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  1. Population Growth and Shift
  2. pp. 366-372
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  1. Sprawl
  2. pp. 373-389
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  1. Fire Ants!
  2. pp. 390-399
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  1. Lights in the Night
  2. pp. 400-410
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  1. Billboards
  2. pp. 411-422
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  1. Solid Waste
  2. pp. 423-433
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  1. Colonias
  2. pp. 434-440
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  1. The Border and the Borderlands
  2. pp. 441-450
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  1. Sparrows, Starlings, and Doves
  2. pp. 451-460
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 461-462
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 463-468
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 469-497
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781623493738
Print ISBN
9781623493721
MARC Record
OCLC
951505102
Pages
520
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-13
Language
English
Open Access
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