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The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The State of Water
The Colorado
The Aral
Spread of deserts
War and conflict
Where there is hope
Just add water!
References 2. A Look at the Past
References 3. How Water Moves in the Environment
The hydrological cycle
The path of water
Hydrology 101
The layout of landscapes
References 4. Designing for the Whole Environment
Permaculture and sustainability
The design process
Permaculture strategies
Source to sink
Reading the land
The potential for overharvesting
Permitting and legal restrictions
Working with crews
References 5. Elements of Design and Implementation
Rain volumes
Climate effects
Temperate climates
Tropical climates
Coral atolls
Decoupling catchments
The path of water
Slope stability
Finding contour
Laser level
Farmer's level
Builder's level
Water level
Determining slope
Earthmoving machines
Types of machines
Topsoil and erosion
References 6. Water Storage Techniques
References 7. Interception Techniques
Case Study: The Green Tree Foundation swales project
Bench terraces
Land imprinters
Spate irrigation
Diversion drains
References 8. Applying Permaculture Strategies
Goal setting, planning, adjusting
Zone planning
Sector planning
Stacking functions and functional connectivity
Variations in structure and shape
Where to start
Case Study: Circle Organic ridge point dam
References 9. Cautions
The dynamics of slides
The role of water
Sensitive clays
Landslide triggers
Post-slide treatment
What went wrong at Aberfan?
References Appendices
1. Calculating Areas and Volumes
2. Calculating Runoff Volumes
3. Finding Slopes and Heights
4. Swale Spacing
5. Terracing
6. Costing Earthworks Index
About the Author
About New Society Publishers

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About the Author

Douglas Barnes is a permaculture designer and trainer who specializes in rainwaterharvesting earthworks. Trained in Australia by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, he has designed and built earthworks in North America, Japan, and Andra Pradesh, India. Douglas has an interest in complexity theory and systems ecology, educational design and rock climbing. He lives in Tweed, Ontario in a passive solar house he designed and built, and he blogs at permaculturerelections.com.

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