Water, Earth and Man

I wrote this paper at the request of Dr Richard Chorley of Cambridge University, when he was editing a large volume entitled Water, Earth and Man,  published by Methuen in 1969. I was one of twenty five contributors. It was an ambitious book, attempting to synthesise hydrology, geomorphology and socio-economic geography. My own part in it was small but I tried in this paper to draw attention to the likely effects of continuing growth of the human population and expansion of industry, in a world with a finite supply of fresh water. As I said in the final paragraph, “In the long run water supply may prove to be the ultimate limiting factor for world population.”

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