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Wisconsin’s sand county odyssey, part 3: the x factor

Having a land ethic means you sometimes have to draw lines in the sand – say in the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, the Sand Hills of Nebraska, or the sand counties of Wisconsin. Such lines will be temporary, however, susceptible to the incessant and shifting winds of commerce and competition, if we do not also draw clear lines in our own heads and hearts.

Wisconsin’s sand county odyssey, part 2: what follows y

The frac-sand-mining boom underway in Wisconsin has us happily gouging up the sands from which “Odyssey” and many of Leopold’s deepest ecological insights sprang.


Wisconsin’s sand county odyssey, part 1: seeing a world in a grain of sand — and Homeric echoes in a Leopold essay

Beyond its function as an ecological parable, there is much in “Odyssey” to provoke a careful reader to wonder whether Leopold intended a more deeply layered allegory. As a Yale graduate, Leopold was well acquainted with Greek myth and the classics, and would have understood that the name of Homer’s title character in the famous epic poem literally means “trouble.”