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ix Preface to the Third Edition john opie The previous edition of this book carried the story through mid-1999. It has been out of print for several years even though demand has remained high, with prices reflecting this demand. I contacted the University of Nebraska Press to ask for a reprint of the second edition . Instead, the editors said, why not do a third? I demurred based on my age and other circumstances. Why not, then, bring on a coauthor ? This seemed reasonable, if one could be found. I e-mailed colleagues about a possible coauthor they might recommend. Within a week I had not one, but two coauthors. The first, Char Miller, is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College in California. Char for many years was a professor of history at Trinity University in Texas and is an established scholar in the field. We also worked together on several publications. The second coauthor is Kenna Lang Archer in the History Department of Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, which is deep in the troubled Texas High Plains. She recently published Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River and has considered many of the same issues that the Ogallala aquifer faces. We found ourselves most congenial and excited about the potential of a third edition of Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land. We now carry the story through the summer of 2016. A great deal has happened in Ogallala country in the years since 1999, so the third edition is long overdue. ...


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