"Extreme Waves is a science and history of waves. Covering both the headline stories as well as incidents that are less well-known but equally startling, Craig Smith, author and amateur sailor, will keep you riveted from the first chapter to the last."--BOOK JACKET.
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• Smith, a sailor and author of How the Great Pyramid Was Built, intersperses occasionally dry explanations of the complex physics of waves with harrowing tales of modern-day maritime tragedies. He enumerates the many natural forces that create waves: the moon's gravity pulls on the oceans; Earth's rotation pushes them; the sun heats them; the wind tugs against their surface; earthquakes displace them. The resulting waves can propagate from one side of the ocean to the other: waves from one storm race outward to interact with waves from another, converging ocean currents force them even higher or flatten them out completely. The complexity of waves staggers the imagination. In modern times, Smith says, with the importance of shipping and the growth of off-shore drilling platforms, understanding waves is more vital than ever-we must especially understand extreme, or rogue, waves that can appear out of nowhere and tower over a hundred feet high. In a chapter on the 2004 tsunami, Smith recounts the harrowing experience of two scuba divers caught in the maelstrom and suggests California could be at risk for a future tsunami. Science is only beginning to understand tsunamis, hurricanes and rogue waves, and Smith's book is for readers who want a serious scientific look at what we're learning.
—Publishers Weekly, reviewed 2006-06-26
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• Rough seas, rogue waves, and tsunamis are fascinating but dangerous. In this excellent and readable overview, Craig Smith provides a splendid blend of descriptions of historical incidents, recent personal accounts, and scientific underpinnings. Mariners, armchair enthusiasts, and those concerned with the safety of ships at sea and of coastal communities will enjoy the book and learn a lot from it.
—Professor Chris Garrett, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.
• Have you ever stood on beach or a deck of a boat or ship and wondered “where do the waves come from”? Craig Smith’s Extreme Waves will answer the question in a factual and understandable way. He has captured the fury of ocean waves by his use of real incidents. But the most enjoyable part of reading Extreme Waves is Smith’s running account of his experiences aboard his sailing boat Dreams. His Dreams stories allow the reader to visualize the ocean from a real everyday experience.
—Jerry Aspland, President Emeritus, California Maritime Academy and Master Mariner.
When the Big Wave Comes Are Ships Safe Enough?
Davy Joness Locker
Recent Research on Extreme Waves
Units of Measure and Conversion Factors
Glossary of Special Terms
End Notes Introduction
Permissions and Credits
Freaks Rogues and Giants