Not a role model I want to read about. When I was a kid I used to spend summers working on my distant relatives dairy farms West of Santa Rosa. I imagine the same is true of Ungava Bay. The author writes beautifully and while an interest in tides is obviously necessary, it's certainly not a dry read at all. While on a seminar in Southeast Alaska, Crusader ran aground on a spring tide.
And just what did everyone think caused the tides? Moon, sun and earth have regular, if predictable effects on bodies of water with different sizes, bottom conditions, wind and barometric pressures, bigger or smaller rivers emptying into them— all of which contribute to local variations of tides, which are components of the world-connected oceanic waters, beneath which the earth moves. It will be read and reread. It wasn't just a bunch of scientific facts, it included a wide range of information from different fields, which made it all the more interesting. I liked the sections best where White traveled around the world sharing his experiences in such places as the Bay of Fundy and Mont Saint Michel. Or that in China exists a tidal bore on the Qiantang river called Yin Long Silver Dragon and at full power it can rush down the river basin at twenty miles an hour with a twenty-five foot tidal wave in front crushing anything and anyone in its path. The book closes with energy and climate change.
Tides are impacted by much more than just the alignment of sun and moon that I knew about. The other surprise was how engrossing it was, how much I learned. He was also an environmental activist. The book was also arranged in an odd manner by explaining specific tidal anomalies before explaining tides in general. The current through Raccoon Straits in San Francisco Bay hits 5 knots at flood tide, against which kayakers have a very tough time. We have a quickly closing window in which to change course, but the damage already done will take more than a century to fix.
Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides. I also believe that the author talked about a variety of different topics concerning the ocean including biology, astronomy, history and the world's current events. If you are interested in the ebb and flow of how life exists on planet Earth this book is for you. Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White was published on February 14th, 2017 by Trinity University Press. I told him what a visual experience it was for me to read his descriptions of these fascinating places so changed by unusual tides, and that I hoped it could become a film. A little too much history of science and not tides , and a few too many attempts by the author to create analogies between everyday non-tide events and tides.
I found Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean both informative and entertaining. Author Jonathan White has successfully combined all of these elements into his work, relating many of his own personal experiences as introductions to the effects of tides in various locations ranging from the Arctic to the Straits of Magellan. As such, it is simultaneously history, astronomy, physics, biology, philosophy, tourism, and current events, combined in a thoroughly readable book. 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 culturethe very old and very new. The book opens with the Bay of Fundy, and moves to Mont Saint-Michel and China. And his respect for the oceans is made abundantly clear.
Admittedly there was some heavy math going on that flew far above my head, but White lays it out in such good form that I never lost the train of thought he was opening up. My favorite chapters described the world's biggest 55' tides at the Bay of Fundy, the beauty of the tides around Mont Saint-Michel, and an astonishing tidal bore that roars up a river in China. His early story story Travelin' Man was made into the film The Young One directed by Luis Bunuel, and his novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord was made into a 1991 film. If a storm is pushing in a surge … well you get it. White has traveled to some of the world's most amazing tidal phenomena and interweaves his travel narratives with scientific and historical information. About mysterious pulls and invisible forces. 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.
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. What I like best about Tides was how, as promised in the subtitle, White balances science and spirit. Dimensions Width 152 mm Height 229 mm Pagination 360 Credits Foreword by Peter Matthiessen Editorial Details Format Details Cloth over boards Description Author Biography Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. Along the way, you learn a lot of things about actual tides. New knowledge about long observed phenomenon tumble into the brain like tide-washed stones. As our days grow longer by about 2. His descriptions of the local tidal phenomena and the local topographical features and personalities is so engaging, it's hard to put down this book.
Since this is a historical place, the author talks about tribal studies and beliefs abo Foreword by Peter Matthiessen, in 2014. Tides is not a quick, easy read. Was a wonderful book if you are fascinated with the sea. My brain is still reeling with all that encompasses the study of tides. This book was the perfect blend of science, history, and travel memoir. There were a couple of minor errors that I noted- the Indonesian Sumatran earthquake was listed as occurring in 2002 it's 2004 and the moon phases were labeled incorrectly corrected in a later edition - that caused me to lose a little confidence in the parts of the book that I was less familiar with, and lower my rating by a half star.
Heavy on the science of tides, but interwoven slowly into specific locations and stories. I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I was afraid it was going to be very dense but it was actually a really easy book to read. I never knew so many things affect tides. Sometimes, I can find science-related books to be a bit dull, so a dry, boring scientific explanation of tides would be enough to put me to sleep.