The Power of the Sea

The Power of the Sea

Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters

Book - 2010/10/26
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"Classics from Moby Dick to A Perfect Storm have sought to capture mankind's obsession with the might and the mystery of the sea. And the greatest minds for centuries, including Isaac Newton, Napoleon, and Benjamin Franklin, have worked to understand andpredict when its next act of destruction will occur. The awesome power of the earth's oceans have been at the forefront of everyone's minds in recent years, from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (230,000 dead) to the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to the unknown consequences of the melting of thousands of glaciers as the Earth's temperature slowly rises. Bruce Parker, former Chief Scientist for the National Ocean Service, brings together the breathtaking history of man's relationship with the sea with the latest scientific breakthroughs to explore in this wide-sweeping, fascinating narrative"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010/10/26
ISBN: 9780230616370
Branch Call Number: 551.46 PAR
Characteristics: xii, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

We never know when disaster will strike - or do we? This "lucid, original" (Kirkus Reviews) look at ocean modeling and forecasting starts with an explanation of how tidal forces work (lunar and solar gravity both play a role, as do the earth's rotation and the tilt of its axis), and then examines how geography and weather influence the size and force of waves, tidal bores, storm surges, and tsunamis. If you're interested in reading more about the destruction that the ocean can cause, you might also like Susan Casey's The Wave. Science and Nature Newsletter August 2014.

Dec 24, 2010

All about disasters.


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