Book cover of Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains by Lucas Bessire
Earth Sciences

Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains

An intimate reckoning with aquifer depletion in America’s heartland

The Ogallala aquifer has nourished life on the American Great Plains for millennia. But less than a century of unsustainable irrigation farming has taxed much of the aquifer beyond repair. The imminent depletion of the Ogallala and other aquifers around the world is a defining planetary crisis of our times.¬†Running Out¬†offers a uniquely personal account of aquifer depletion and the deeper layers through which it gains meaning and force. […Learn More]