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Main Title Reclaiming the American West /
Author Berger, Alan,
Publisher Princeton Architectural Press,
Year Published 2002
OCLC Number 49531133
ISBN 156898362X; 9781568983622
Subjects Reclamation of land--West (US) ; Strip mining--Environmental aspects--West (US) ; Bergbau ; Rekultivierung ; Umwelt ; USA--Weststaaten
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESAM  S621.5.S8B47 2002 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 12/05/2003
Edition 1st ed.
Collation 223 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 x 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Introduction : The post-technological landscape / by Frederick Turner -- The altered Western landscape -- Reclaiming defined -- Representing reclamation -- Reclaiming aesthetics -- Reclaiming space -- Reclaiming nature -- Reclaiming time -- Afterword : revaluing landscape. "There are over 200,000 abandoned mines covering hundreds of thousands of acres in the western United States. Seen from the air, they create surreal, haunting, yet somehow beautiful landscapes of mind-boggling scale. But these scarred landscapes are only temporary: by law, mining companies are required to reclaim them, and the process of renewal exposes many fault lines - physical, philosophical, technological, environmental, political, regulatory, and ethical." "Using aerial photography, mappings, designs, charts, and analyses, Alan Berger provides a colorful and insightful overview of the possibilities offered by converting these altered landscapes. Reclaiming the American West covers the history, policy, and technical and design challenges presented by these enormous toxic sites, many of which have been converted into landscapes of extraordinary beauty."--BOOK JACKET.