Running Dry: The Global Water Crisis

Stuart A. Kallen (Author)
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Product Details

Twenty-First Century Books (Tm)
Publish Date
January 01, 2015
7.2 X 0.6 X 9.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.


"This title provides a clear and concise look at the importance of fresh water in sustaining life on earth. An introduction explains where fresh water is available and where it is most needed, while subsequent chapters discuss how water is tainted and where, the concept of supply and demand, and our changing climate. Fast facts, statistics, and information on governmental policies and scientific innovations that may help save water are all presented, allowing readers a brief overview of this global issue. The information is organized well, and the accompanying photos will enhance understanding. Both the length and format (comprised of short sections that shed light on various topics, such as water conservation, water rights, fracking, and the water cycle) of the book will appeal to those with little or no background on the subject. An excellent source for student research." --School Library Journal


"This short, accessible book provides information on the growing water crisis. Looking at the subject globally, the discussion includes matters such as the dwindling supply of fresh water, its pollution by agriculture and industry, the dramatic effects of climate change, and the increasing competition for water. Kallen writes clearly and bolsters his arguments with specifics, such as the diminishing Ogallala aquifer, which lies beneath eight arid American states and supplies drinking water as well as nearly a third of the nation's irrigation water. Approximately 240 feet deep in the 1950s, it averages about 80 feet deep today. While the color photos are often rather small, they are well chosen and clearly reproduced. At intervals throughout the book, excellent sidebars and full-page features spotlight pertinent topics such as the desalination of sea water, the destructive effects of ethanol production on aquifers and river systems, and the 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in Charleston, West Virginia. This timely, informative resource offers young people facts and perspective on this vital topic." --Booklist