The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

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In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean , writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture--the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet's waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.
Publisher: San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781595348050
Branch Call Number: 551.464 W5844T 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, charts ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthiessen, Peter


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Sep 04, 2020

The author makes mis-statements. Perhaps one of the egregious that I noticed is on page 208, "Radio and television signals vibrate at 20,000-150,000 peaks or cycles, per second." In reality audio is usually thought of as being between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. The AM broadcast band is between 535,000 Hz and 1,605,000 Hz. The FM broadcast band covers 88,000,000 Hz to 108,000,000 Hz. The width of a television channel is 6,000,000 Hz. Most radio is between 10's of kHz and 10's of GHz (say 45,000,000,000 Hz).

With these kinds of errors what part of the text can be trusted? Was it text even edited or reviewed?

On the positive side, the book is well written and the author has some great personal stories.

Aug 20, 2019

There's a lot more to the story of tides than I knew.


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