High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater

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Yale University Press
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6.1 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.37 pounds
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About the Author

Director of science and technology for the National Ground Water Association, William M. Alley is a hydrology expert and authority on groundwater. Rosemarie Alley is a veteran science writer. They previously coauthored the book Too Hot to Touch, on nuclear waste.


"Through captivating stories and thoughtful prose, William and Rosemarie Alley take readers on a journey to better understand groundwater."--Water Deeply
"Takes readers on a worldwide tour to uncover the main issues surrounding groundwater use."--Water Well Journal
"Humans need to do the utmost to protect water, and the first step is to know more about it. High and Dry is the perfect introductory book on the topic . . . Essential."--Choice
"The book is timely, informative, very readable and reasonably priced. It would work well as a supplemental text for undergraduate or graduate seminar courses in geology or environmental studies. You might also consider giving a copy to a public official."--Alan E. Fryar, Groundwater
"An excellent read for anyone interested in a popular science introduction to groundwater."--Andy Baker, Quarterly Review of Biology
Won the 2017 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title
"Earth's water problems--both in quantity and in quality--are one of the 21st century's greatest challenges. High and Dry provides a vital roadmap for dealing with them."--John Fleck, author of Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths about Water in the West
"Imagine a book about groundwater that reads like a novel, and is overflowing with interesting and essential knowledge about a much-neglected topic. This is the book."--Bruce Babbitt, former United States Secretary of the Interior

"High and Dry is the right book at the right time. Groundwater is unseen but the Alleys bring the issues related to this vital resource to the fore for all to see."--Michael Campana, Oregon State University and American Water Resources Association
"There is little information available for general consumption that explains why groundwater is important, how it works and what can be done to solve current problems. This book provides that information in an extremely readable way."--Mark Giordano, Georgetown's School of Foreign Service
"The partnership of an eminent scientist and a science writer has produced vivid narratives spanning the globe about groundwater: a critical yet overused resource. They propose sensible reforms to curb over pumping and protect the environment. Their message deserves a wide audience."--Robert Glennon, University of Arizona and author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It