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The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next eleven millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These rapid changes had little effect on those humans who exper ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Bloomsbury Press (first published June 6th 2013)
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Jaclyn Day
I started reading this shortly after watching Blackfish and man. Depressing. (But fascinating.) The Attacking Ocean is a sometimes dense, but still riveting nonfiction book about how rising sea levels have affected and are continuing to affect land mass and civilization. Fagan also talks about how these higher sea levels are responsible for the increasing severity of cyclones/hurricanes and tsunamis.

It’s a sobering, eye-opening book. I knew—in generalities—that global warming was affecting the
I did not know a lot of what this book was written about but I will say the people who live near the coast should read about the history of where they live so as to know the what might happen sometime from storms or melting glaciers
Chris Demer
This is an interesting book, although it takes many repetitions to make a point.
The author traces the relationships of humans with the sea. In looking back on the changes in sea levels throughout recent geologic time, it is clear that our ancient ancestors who lived on islands or coastal areas were often threatened by storms, tidal waves and sea level changes. However, these small communities, either settled or hunting and gathering communities, found it quite easy to simply move inland or to h
This is a pretty sobering book about our susceptibility to environmental changes, both gradual and sudden. Many doomsayers warn about the rise of the oceans due to global warming and melting of the ice caps. That is a legitimate concern, but with the expected rise of only around 1 cm per year (estimates vary greatly), we have time to prepare. A more immediate problem is that with rising ocean temperatures, there will be more sudden destructive storm surges -- events like Hurricanes Katrina and S ...more
This book presents evidence to back up the claims the author makes about climate warming and the undeniable conclusion that our rising oceans will claim more and more coastlands around the globe.

What is unpalatable for naysayers is the fact that many populated areas on the coasts are being further developed, rather than previous reactions from humans to rising seas, which was to move inland to survive. We have real estate development that caters to wealthy; who will then pay to build barriers wh
David Bales
An enlightening book detailing the encroachment of the world's oceans on different civilizations throughout history, from prehistory to ancient Egypt and Sumeria, China and Japan, (prone to tsunami) and the fascinating story of "Doggerland", the now-underwater area of the North Sea between Britain and the continent of Europe. Ocean encroachment has long been a problem for humankind but has now accelerated due to climate change. Historical accounts of encroachment from the Netherlands, (which dea ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Bob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: science
Reasonably balanced on the subject of climate change, the chief interest of the book for me was its archaeological content -- how did ancient, even prehistoric peoples, deal with environmental changes.
The framing bothered me from the start (the sea is not attacking) but it is a good overview of the many times and places where human settlements have been inundated.

Stephen King?…Bah, Humbug!

Wanna read a real horror story?…Read this nightmare book that deals with starvation, land subsidence, floods, fresh water scarcity, rising ocean levels, and overpopulation…Horrific stuff…And it's all true!
Fascinating look at the history of sea level rise and what we can expect in the coming century... well written and didn't drag where it could be text-book dry. I will definitely read more of Fagan's other works.
Fastastic. Addresses sea level rise across centuries and countries/cultures. A great read wherever you stand on the issue of global warming.
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Mansfield Public ...: The Attacking Ocean Review by Julia Joseph 1 2 Jul 09, 2013 11:55AM  
Brian Murray Fagan is an author of popular archaeology books and emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prof. Fagan is an archaeological generalist, with expertise in the broad issues of human prehistory. He is the author or editor of 46 books, including seven widely used undergraduate college texts.

Additional information at Wikipedia.
More about Brian M. Fagan...
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850 Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt

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