Mega-Dams and Indigenous Human Rights 2020 DOI: 10.4337/9781786435491.00004 View full text
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Abstract: Preface 1. THE HOOVER DAM Several years ago, I drove from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam. The 30-odd-mile trip, which takes some 45 minutes, snakes down Nevada Route 93, the Great Basin Highway, in a southeasterly direction, past the town of Henderson. Departing Las Vegas, which sits at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet (610 meters), one drives along the spine of the edge of the Basin and Range province, towards a 400-foot (122 meters) elevation at the Hoover Dam. Remember, the dam is at river level. Once …

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