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Slide Mountain: Or, The Folly of Owning Nature

Slide Mountain Or The Folly of Owning Nature The drive to own the natural world in twentieth century America seems virtually limitless Signs of this national penchant for possessing nature are everywhere from suburban picket fences to elaborate

  • Title: Slide Mountain: Or, The Folly of Owning Nature
  • Author: Ted Steinberg
  • ISBN: 9780520207097
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • The drive to own the natural world in twentieth century America seems virtually limitless Signs of this national penchant for possessing nature are everywhere from suburban picket fences to elaborate schemes to own underground water, clouds, even the ocean floor.Yet, as Theodore Steinberg demonstrates in this compelling, witty look at Americans attempts to master the envThe drive to own the natural world in twentieth century America seems virtually limitless Signs of this national penchant for possessing nature are everywhere from suburban picket fences to elaborate schemes to own underground water, clouds, even the ocean floor.Yet, as Theodore Steinberg demonstrates in this compelling, witty look at Americans attempts to master the environment, nature continually turns these efforts into folly In a rich, narrative style recalling the work of John McPhee, Steinberg tours America to explore some of the unusual dilemmas that have arisen in our struggle to possess nature.Beginning along the Missouri River, Steinberg recounts the battle for three thousand acres of land the river carved from a Nebraska Indian reservation and deposited in Iowa Then he travels to Louisiana, where an army of lawyers butted heads over whether Six Mile Lake was actually a lake or a stream He continues to Arizona to investigate who owned the underground, then to Pennsylvania s Blue Ridge Mountains to see who claimed the clouds He ends in crowded New York City with Donald Trump s struggle for air rights.Americans obsession with owning nature was immortalized by Mark Twain in the tale of Slide Mountain, where a landslide prone Nevada peak turned the American dream of real estate into dust In relating these modern day Slide Mountain stories, Steinberg illuminates what it means to live in a culture of property where everything must have an owner.

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    1. In this deft look at our “worship of property rights,” Steinberg shows how nature refuses to be static, jumping the barriers of legal ownership. He offers stories about the wandering Missouri River, the changes in a lake (or is it a stream?) in the Bayou country, the free-for-all of water pumping in Arizona, rainmakers, and the trading of Manhattan air rights. “All land should have an owner,” said an 1890 Supreme Court ruling. For Steinberg that’s folly.

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