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That Promise I Have Always promise I have always fascinated by geology My grandfather took us on rock digs from the time we could walk So this made me want to understand exactly what is going on deep within the earth The book covers the main researcher of this 90 earthuake George Plafker and the people that lived and died during this uake It studies the makeup of the area the demographic and the personalities of these brave Alaskans I read this book slowly absorbing each detail and there are so many important details that are uncovered in this book Henry Fountain brings the instant of the uake to life for the reader "With Eyewitness Accounts Memories And "eyewitness accounts memories and The geological makeup of this area is so well explained that after hearing the term plate tectonics for ears I finally actually understand how they work what is going on and how it affects us living on this active planet I found this book through Blogging for books and this is why I love reading hardbacks I will keep this forever and read it many times This review is my honest opinion and I thank Blogging for Books and the Publishers for allowing me to have this copy for reviewNot stodgy and boring and not uite a textbook read at all but a personal glimpse into the terror and the excitement of new discovery The excitement of realizing that a little snail like creature holds so many answers This book is like being on a dig alongside one of the premier geologists If Adios To My Old Life you like history and knowing how things really work then pick this up andou will enjoy it as much as I did I have had a reading hangover from it since I finished it a few days ago I wanted to read another fact filled and an exciting book like this to transition me back into fiction I have a niece that is a geologist and I am sending her this book She will be as enthused about it as I am I believe When I was growing up in the early 1960s my grandfather was corresponding with Maurice Ewing and William Donn of the Lamont Geological Observatory Gramps had been interested in their work since 1958 when he read a Harper s Magazine article by Betty Friedan called The Coming Ice Age about their researchI didn t know that Project Moho drilling cores in the deep sea how to stop the next Ice Age and Plate Tectonics was not normal dinner table talk Gramps even got his old college buddy Roger Blough then president of U S Steel to kick in some funding for their researchBefore 1971 when I took Historical Geology in college I had no idea that Plate Tectonics was a new theory I d grown up with itI reuested The Great uakeHow the Biggest Earthuake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain from First to Read because I like geology and enjoy reading about Alaska I was excited to learn it was about the very research that proved Plate TectonicsFountain introduces us to the people of several small Alaskan villages along the coast recounting their history and way of life The families have Russian last names a legacy when Russia turned the native population into virtual slaves They live on a subsistence level their traditional hunting and fishing impacted by factory fishingIn 1964 on Good Friday a 98 earthuake wrecked havoc and destroyed the villages claiming the lives of 130 people It is devastating to read about the tsunamis that wiped the land clean not only of people and houses but trees and the loose rocky layer on the shoreGeologist George Plafker was very familiar with the area The day after the uake he flew over the area His observations led to proving the controversial theory of Plate Tectonics that even Maurice Ewing did not et subscribe toThe book reads like popular disaster books such as Dead Wake by Eric Larson setting up the people and history recreating the horror of the disaster and then cogently explaining how Plafker s research impacted the scientific community Readers can expect to learn Alaskan history and geography be moved by the horror of the destruction and brought to understand this planet we live onI received a free ebook through First to Read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review The Great uake How the Biggest Earthuake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain is a wonderful history and science book that I enjoyed thoroughly Two subjects I love and earthuakes are exciting and scary at the same time It was interesting to find out about what life was like in Alaska before the uakes and after the big uake Individual stories and an overall view of society prior during and after A lot of wonderful information in a way that did not focus on a political point but on a personal view even from the history of it Very interestin. And 20 mile long glaciers; and reveals the impact of the uake on the towns the buildings and the lives of the inhabitants George Plafker a geologist for the US Geological Survey with ears of experience scouring the Alaskan wilderness is asked to investigate the Prince William Sound region in the aftermath of the uake to better understand its origins His work confirmed the then controversial theory of plate tectonics that explained how and why such deadly uakes occur and how we can plan for the next on. .
Is uake evantually soldifying plate techtonics as a universally accepted geological phenomenon Since "Plate Techtonics Is Now "techtonics is now a widely accepted theory it was a surprise to me that it was only proven in 1964 This zone part of the larger Ring of Fire that continues south all the way to Chile before looping around to encompass Polynesia and Japan has long been known to be the most geologically active area for earthuakes and volcanoes It was the surveying and observations after this uake the way the
Mountains Shattered The Coves Andshattered the coves and emptied of water that the plate lines were drawn showing this to be one of the megathrust earthuakes like the one that occured in Japan in 2011 that lead to Fukushima So instead of straight disaster porn there is a lot about the science behind this earthuake and what lead to a better understanding of the geology in this region That s good news but it is also concerning since this same plate emcompasses the population dense areas of coastal BC Washington Oregon and northern California Another book about this I haven t read Oya yet but will someday soon see Cascadia s Fault The Coming Earthuake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America I first saw the author of this book on CSPAN s BookTV and thought it sounded interesting Also I can remember watching the news coverage of this on my family s black and white TV way back when In this narrative the author does not just cover what up to this point is the most powerful earth uake to happen in North America 92 on the Richter Scale and second most powerful anywhere but also how it affected the understanding and importantly the acceptance of Plate Tectonics in explaining how why and where earth uakes occur The author tells his story through the eyes of geologist George Plafker He has spent much of the preceding couple ofears doing geological research in the uake area and when the uake occurred was uickly sent by the US Geological Survey back to Alaska to see if there was any way to explain the causes and effects of the uake The author takes the time to explain the various theories in the geological community to explain earthuakes At the time Plate Tectonics was a rather poorly accepted theory In his assessment of the uake and causes Mr Plafker found much evidence to support Plate Tectonics and it has since become the accepted theory of continental movement and causes of earth uakesIn addition to explaining the geological theories the author does an excellent job of exploring just what happened on that Good Friday in the 1964 He does this by telling the reader just what happened in three different locals Anchorage the largest city in Alaska the Port of Valdez at the time a fishing Port on Prince William Sound now the Terminus of the Alaska Pipeline and a small fishing village of Chenenga at the end of one of the many fjords branching off Prince William SoundAs he tells the stories of these three communities the author looks at the damage both the uake did to then and maybe importantly what the tidal waves did In looking at Chenenga he tells how the tidal waves generated by the uake literally wiped the community off the map The waves scoured everything up to 70 ft above the water line The Chenengans that survived the tidal wave did so in a one room school house located just about the reach of the waterI telling the story of Valdez the authors looks at how the uake destroyed the waterfront and the accompanying infrastructure One of the stories he relates is how the locals were unloading a supply ship when the uake hit and what damage it did to the ship and the dock it was tied up to The damage was so completed that when the water front was rebuilt in was a mile away from the previous spot on land donated by one of the residents of the cityThe Anchorage story is also well told The ground shifted permanently as much as 10 feet and much of the wealthier areas of the city were destroyed All in all I found this both a very readable and fascinating look at the theories behind earth uakes and the power they can develop This is a solid four star read for me More travelogue than science I enjoyed the passages about Alaska and the people The book is well written and interesting but for me too much human interest stories not enough about science 35 Stars rounded down not uite enough about the scientific findingsRead on kindle When I saw this cover I knew I wanted to read about the great uake in Alaska on March 27 1964 The earthuake that I can remember seeing the images of houses lifted in the air while roads sunk several feet below right down the street The subtitle is How the Biggest Earthuake in North America Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet an. Ever in the world measuring 92 on the Richter scale struck Alaska devastating coastal towns and villages and killing than 130 people in what was then a relatively sparsely populated region In a riveting tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain in his first trade book re creates the lives of the villagers and townspeople living in Chenega Anchorage and Valdez; describes the sheer beauty of the geology of the region with its towering peaks.
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Other than reuired earth science books in school I have never read anything To Geology I "to I never found earthuakes particularly fascinating so I m not sure why I signed up for this book s Goodreads Giveaway However I was pleasantly surprised with a great book on the biggest earthuake in North AmericaMr Fountain wrote in a narrative style It was engaging and easily followed I m not a scientific thinker so I appreciated that his technical writing was straightforward and easily followedMy only dislike was the excessive supporting cast For a book that wasn t even 250 pages the author spent the first 100 pages introducing additional townspeople It was a bit excessive in my opinion but still a great bookOverall a very good read and I m sure it will be a successful publication Thanks Goodreads and Crown Publishing I was there 15 Ek Sanjhne Sarname years old at the time sitting in our livingroom in Valdez when the shaking started Henry Fountain has really captured what it was like to live through this earthuake and the days following That part I knew What I didn t know was the science behind the most terrifying experience of my life Fountain has made the science readable and uite fascinating I highly recommend this book A fine book well written with interesting characters and human drama This might be a good present for teenaged aspiring scientists but only if the scientist s parents don t mindou putting ideas into their heads about heading out to remote areas of the world which even today may not have a cell phone signal but may have terrifying earthuakes at any moment And bears But I also felt that the book was a bit of a tease promising a conflict that it didn t deliver Specifically I felt led to believe that the author would tell us the real life story of a plucky scientific outsider George Plafker who took on a hide bound establishment to champion a theory continental drift which is accepted as truth today but was previously viewed as incorrect perhaps even ludicrously silly That s not what happens By the time Plafker comes along he s pushing on an open door there were still stabilists in the irony towers of science prior to the Alaska earthuake Plafker s work of lifetime which seems considerable and impressive did not spark a revolutionary change of scientific framework as much as drive the long awaited final coffin nails into the stabilist theoryI have a lot of respect for non fiction writers who write of events like this one that happen 50 60 ears previously At that particular distance in time it is likely the last time that some witnesses will be around to be recorded and described and to return to the place where the most dramatic events of their lives took place Writers like this are preserving something genuinely precious about our experience I hope that whatever notes and recordings were made for this book find their way into the corner of some university libraryI received uncorrected electronic galley copy of this book free of charge for review Thanks to Penguin Random House and Netgalley for the free stuff I received this book through a Good Reads First Reads Give away A very entertaining read Fountain covers not just the earthuake that struck Alaska on March 27 1964 but also explores the evolution of the theory of plate tectonics and the history of several of the communities eg Anchorage Valdez and particularly the small village of Chenega hardest hit by the devastating uake andor the resulting tsunamis The author is eually adept at capturing the terror and destruction of the disaster itself and explaining how scientists understanding of the underlying causes of earthuakes evolved and how the 1964 uake contributed to that understanding I received an uncorrected proof and assume the print version will have pictures whereas the proof did not I did find some photos that were taken of Anchorage after the uake and it further put the magnitude of this disaster in perspective they are uite unnerving The ground itself was starting to break into strange angular blocks some rotating up and others down It was as if swarms of organisms were inside the soil For approximately five minutes on March 27 1964 Alaska shook It was the largest recorded earthuake in North America at a 92 on the Richter scale second only to the big one a 95 in Chile in 1960 Henry Fountain tells the geological and personal stories around this earthuake and the tsunamis that lead to the most loss of life down the Pacific coast in Oregon and California He reports relying on the words of the people who lived it to weave the story We hear from a number of people in the towns of Chenega and Valdez that were deeply effected and the geologists who study th. In the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm a riveting narrative about the biggest earthuake in recorded history in North America the 1964 Alaskan earthuake that demolished the city of Valdez and obliterated the coastal village of Chenega and the scientist sent to look for geological clues to explain the dynamics of earthuakes who helped to confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics On March 27 1964 at 536 pm the biggest earthuake ever recorded in North America and the second biggest. ,