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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean (original 2010; edição 2011)

por Susan Casey (Autor)

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Investigates 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 number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something 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 approaching 100 feet. Scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon. Yet extreme surfers fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's ultimate challenges. The sport's pioneer, Laird Hamilton, with a group of friends in Hawaii, 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.… (mais)
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Título:The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
Autores:Susan Casey (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Nonfiction, Science, Read in 2024, Read and liked

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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean por Susan Casey (2010)

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This book was a fast read and felt more like a thriller than a scientific book. I found it fascinating reading about the power of the ocean and giant waves. Imagining is fine for me because I would never want to see one in person unless assured I could view it from a safe distance! It still amazes me that there is so much unknown about the whole phenomena of waves and the ocean itself. Much of the book focuses on surfers and their experiences searching for and riding "terrifyingly large waves of seventy and eight feet." Utter craziness! ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
Primarily a book about big wave surfing, with some non-surfers thrown in. Not quite what I was expecting, but enjoyable enough. ( )
  Greenfrog342 | Jan 22, 2024 |
second time (first was paperback) ( )
  ravco | Nov 15, 2023 |
Casey starts the book on familiar ground, with a focus on the still developing sport of big wave surfing. If you have never experienced or seen the sport before, this will get your interest. She then covers all the bases about rogue waves, ship disasters and others that involve the freak waves that have been plaguing the world for years. While at times she does get very scientific, which was the only part of the book that bored me, but however she immendentally gets back to the topic at hand. Over all this is a great book and anyone who is a fan of surfing or the sea should read it. ( )
  jarrettbrown | Jul 4, 2023 |
Well-written, interesting, informative. One of the only books I've read that was recommended by a co-worker (when a Rogue wave affected a client). Really nothing wrong with it, just personal taste - if it had dealt more with boats and less with surfers, I would've loved it. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Investigates 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 number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something 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 approaching 100 feet. Scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon. Yet extreme surfers fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's ultimate challenges. The sport's pioneer, Laird Hamilton, with a group of friends in Hawaii, 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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