The Southwest is Swallowing Texas: As grass gives way to desert across the Lone Star State, the nation’s fastest growing cities may be left high and dry.
U.S. News & World Report, February 3, 2016
The High Plains begin around the 100th meridian. It’s where the verdant green of the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern U.S. gives way to arid scrub, shortgrass and prickly pear cactus – where riders on horseback in the 1800s, nearly a century and a half before satellite mapping, were able to trace the border between these two regions as they split Oklahoma from the Texas Panhandle.
These days, the meridian’s more or less paralleled to the east by Interstate 35, a steel-and-concrete vine that connects the Texas cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Marcos, Austin and San Antonio. Each ranks among the fastest-growing cities in America, their reservoirs reliably refreshed by rainwater.