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The Resource The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet, Henry Fountain

The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet, Henry Fountain

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The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet
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The great quake
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how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet
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Henry Fountain
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eng
Summary
"In the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm, a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in recorded history in North America--the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and obliterated the coastal village of Chenega--and the scientist sent to look for geological clues to explain the dynamics of earthquakes, who helped to confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics. On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America--and the second biggest ever in the world, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale--struck Alaska, devastating coastal towns and villages and killing more than 130 people in what was then a relatively sparsely populated region. In a riveting tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain, in his first trade book, re-creates the lives of the villagers and townspeople living in Chenega, Anchorage, and Valdez; describes the sheer beauty of the geology of the region, with its towering peaks and 20-mile-long glaciers; and reveals the impact of the quake on the towns, the buildings, and the lives of the inhabitants. George Plafker, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey with years of experience scouring the Alaskan wilderness, is asked to investigate the Prince William Sound region in the aftermath of the quake, to better understand its origins. His work confirmed the then controversial theory of plate tectonics that explained how and why such deadly quakes occur, and how we can plan for the next one"--
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A narrative account of America's largest recorded earthquake describes how it devastated coastal towns and villages in 1964 Alaska, killing dozens of people and inspiring the work of geologist George Plafker, whose findings helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics
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10560701
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Fountain, Henry
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551.2209798/3
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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index present
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1190
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Alaska Earthquake, Alaska, 1964
  • Earthquakes
  • Prince William Sound Region (Alaska)
  • Prince William Sound Region (Alaska)
  • Earthquake damage
  • Plafker, George
  • Geologists
  • Seismology
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
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adult
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how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet
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The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet, Henry Fountain
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-269) and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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ocn962873453
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101904060
Lccn
2016059373
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)962873453
Label
The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet, Henry Fountain
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-269) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn962873453
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101904060
Lccn
2016059373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)962873453

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