The wave

in pursuit of the rogues freaks and giants of the ocean
Susan Casey
Book - 2010

For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories, because waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. In the past few decades, as a number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers found proof. In February 2000, a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea, including several approaching 100 feet. At the same time, extreme surfer, Laird Hamilton, figured out how to board waves of 70 and 80 feet. 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--Publisher info.

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Main Author: Casey, Susan, 1962-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition:1st ed.
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