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MYSTERY TEXT One does not really conquer a place like this. One inhabits it like an occupying army and makes, at best, an uneasy true with it. New England was completely forested in 1620 and nearly deforested 150 years later; Arkansas saw nine million acres of marsh and swamp forest converted to farms. Through such Promethean effort, the eastern half of the continent was radically made over, for better or worse. The West can never be. The only way to make the region over is to irrigate it. But there is too little water to begin with, and water in rivers is phenomenally expensive to move. And even if you succeeded in moving every drop, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. John Wesley Powell , the first person who clearly understood this, figured that if you eventually distributed all the surface water flowing between the Columbia River and the Gulf of Mexico , you would still have a desert almost indistinguishable from the one that is today. Powell failed to appreciate the vast amount
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