The Big One

The Big One

The Earthquake That Rocked Early America and Helped Create A Science

Book - 2004
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In the early 1800s a series of gargantuan earth tremors seized the American frontier. Tremendous roars and flashes of eerie light accompanied huge spouts of water and gas. Six-foot-high waterfalls appeared in the Mississippi River, thousands of trees exploded, and some 1,500 people -- in what was then a sparsely populated wilderness -- were killed. A region the size of Texas, centered in Missouri and Arkansas, was rent apart, and the tremors reached as far as Montreal. Forget the 1906 earthquake -- this set of quakes constituted the Big One.
The United States would face certain catastrophe if such quakes occurred again. Could they? The answer lies in seismology, a science that is still coming to grips with the Big One.
Jake Page and Charles Officer rely on compelling historical accounts and the latest scientific findings to tell a fascinating, long-forgotten story in which the naturalist John James Audubon, the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, scientists, and charlatans all play roles. Whether describing devastating earthquakes or a dire year in a young nation, The Big One offers astounding breadth and drama.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004.
ISBN: 9780618341504
0618341501
Characteristics: xii, 239 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Officer, Charles B.

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RichardPaul
Feb 17, 2011

The Big One ---- by Jake Page & Charles Officer C - 2004 ---- A good read ---- This book is very interesting to me Because: World History of Earthquakes are discussed. ---- Seismic History and Seismology is explained as the basically new science that it is. ---- As a whole, very good explanations are Given that will reduce the Mystery named Earthquake! ---- Try it out and enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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