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The Resource The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean, by Susan Casey

The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean, by Susan Casey

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The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean
Title
The wave
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in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean
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by Susan Casey
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Language
eng
Summary
This book is about colossal ship swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories, waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet's waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea, including several that approached 100 feet. As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. The author follows this unique tribe of peoƯple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100 Ưfoot wave. In this account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves, from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740 foot wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast. The book portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious
Summary
Traces the recent discovery of physics-defying ocean waves at heights previously thought impossible, describing the efforts of the scientific community to understand the phenomenon, the pursuits of extreme surfers to ride dangerously large waves and the destructive capabilities of tsunamis
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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2010
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356860
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DLC
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1962-
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Casey, Susan
Dewey number
551.46/3
Index
index present
LC call number
GC227
LC item number
.C37 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Rogue waves
  • Ocean waves
  • Oceanography
Target audience
adult
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in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean
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The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean, by Susan Casey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn562775395
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780767928847
Lccn
2010010193
System control number
(OCoLC)562775395
Label
The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean, by Susan Casey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn562775395
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780767928847
Lccn
2010010193
System control number
(OCoLC)562775395

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