The wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

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From Susan Casey, bestselling author of "The Devil's Teeth," an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.
This book is about colossal ship swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories, waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet's waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea, including several that approached 100 feet. As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. The author follows this unique tribe of peple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100 foot wave. In this account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves, from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740 foot wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast. The book portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.
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subject_facet NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas, Ocean waves, Oceanography, Rogue waves, SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Oceanography, Surfing
title_display The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean
title_full The Wave In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks and giants of the ocean / Susan Casey
title_short The wave :
title_sub In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
topic_facet Nature, Nonfiction, Ocean waves, Oceanography, Rogue waves, Science, Sports & Recreations, Surfing