Engineering a State of Nature: Hydraulic Transformations on the North China Plain, 1949-1999

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Satellite image of the Yellow River
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Satellite image of the Yellow River.

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In The Yellow River: The Problem of Water in Modern China, David Allen Pietz examines how water resources on the North China Plain have been compromised by engineering practices after 1949, as well as the impact of urbanization, industrialization, and population growth on contemporary hydraulic practices and environmental changes.