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Irrigation, Artificial watering of land in arid regions for the purpose of utilization. This subject has claimed much attention in the United States since 1890 on the part of the general and State governments, of large corporations, and of private individuals. Associations designed to promote investigations into the water an
is that there has not been much greater interest
A California Orange Grove, showing results of irrigation. manifested in this subject, since one-third of the United States territory is officially included in what is known as the great arid region, which needs only the magic touch of water to change it into fertile fields.
There are great tracts of public land which have been declared capable of easily maintaining as large a population as now exists within the boundaries of the United States if they could only be irrigated.
This, however, is deemed impracticable for the reason that water can be obtained only at great expense.
In order to bring it