Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of


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Winter 2005


Published in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly (Winter 2005) 64(4): 394-413. Copyright 2005, the Arkansas Historical Association. Used by permission.


Elucidates some of the ways in which groundwater and groundwater irrigation have affected the Grand Prairie's rice industry over time and conversely how the development of the industry has altered the region's groundwater conditions. Concentrates on aspects of the industry's history that have often been overlooked in favor of rice cultivation's social dimensions and consider hydrological systems not just as resources awaiting exploitation or as simple constraints on production but as variables whose roles and effects can change over time.