Lucas Bessire

Finalist, 2021 National Book Awards

Lucas Bessire is an American writer, filmmaker, and anthropologist. Author of Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life, he is currently associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Tony Rinaldo)
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Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains

ISBN 9780691212647 Princeton University Press

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. More about this book >

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Lucas Bessire

Lucas Bessire is an American writer, filmmaker, and anthropologist. Author of Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life, he is currently associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

(Photo credit: Tony Rinaldo)

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