Practical Irrigation and Pumping

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IT is somewhat difficult for the inhabitants of a country intersected by numerous streams and characterised by an ample and fairly uniform rainfall, to realise the disabilities under which agriculturists labour in other lands less favoured with automatic supplies of natural moisture. The great plains of India, the immense tract of Egypt and the Sudan, and the vast expanse of North America lying west of the 100th meridian, comprising some dozen States and forming about one-third of the total area of the United States, are instances of those arid regions in which it is impossible, without artificial aid, to render the soil productive in any effective degree. What this means may be gauged from a statement in the prefatory note of the volume before us, that up to July, 1910, it is estimated that a sum of more than 60,000,000l. had been sunk in the reclamation, by irrigation, of 14,000,000 acres in the Western States of America.

Practical Irrigation and Pumping.

By B. E. Fleming. Pp. xvi + 226. (New York: J. Wiley and Sons, Inc.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1915.) Price 8s. 6d. net.

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C., B. Practical Irrigation and Pumping . Nature 95, 393 (1915) doi:10.1038/095393a0

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