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Pharaoh’s Pump by Edward J Kunkel


Edward Kunkel was an independent researcher, antiquities scholar and genius. His life-quest was to understand how and why the Great Pyramid was built. With new eyes and without preconceived notions he diligently researched this mighty structure. Based on this research he maintained that the Great Pyramid was built using water locks!

Built systematically, level by level the Great Pyramid was effortlessly assembled. Water's property of buoyancy was the lifting force which literally floated the stones on barges to their final resting place.

Kunkel's research indicated the purpose of this ancient wonder of the world was that it was infrastructure for the civilization which designed and built it. This infrastructure served a tangible and utilitarian purpose. That purpose was to pump water! Yes his research suggests that the original purpose of the Great Pyramid was to pump water!


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The Atlas of Water, Second Edition: Mapping the World’s Most Critical Resource by Maggie Black


Climate change and an exponential population explosion threaten the world’s supply of fresh water, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated since its first edition, The Atlas of Water is a compelling visual guide to the state of this life-sustaining resource. Using vivid graphics, maps, and charts, it explores the complex human interaction with water over time and across the world. This vibrant atlas addresses all the pressing issues concerning water, from human impacts like dams and construction to water shortages and excessive demand, pollution, privatization, and water management. It also outlines critical tools for managing water, providing safe access to water, and preserving the future of the world’s water supply.


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Introduction to Water in California by David Carle


The food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water, according to the California Farm Bureau. In this densely populated state where it rains only six months out of the year, where does all that water come from? This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Along the way, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an already overextended water supply, this fascinating book shows that, for all Californians, every drop counts. A new preface on recent water issues brings the book up to the minute.


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