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The Wave by Susan Casey
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Oct 23, 11

Read in October, 2011

I got tired of reading about crazy surfers who risk all to go out and catch the BIGGEST one, but this book taught me a lot: There ARE big waves out in the ocean that drown a lot of ships; conjecture is that a big ship is lost every other week or maybe more often!; conjecture is that thousands of boats are lost every year; ships are not built, nor are oil rigs, to handle the tremendous impact of rogue waves and so it is essential people realize they exist; there really are a lot of scientists, especially based out of South Hampton, England, who pay a good deal of attention to ocean temps and salinity; we are indeed having climate change. The ocean landscape is a foreign entity to me and so it is enthralling for me to think of what the ocean floor truly is like and how that impacts wave motion; also, to know that landslides happen under the ocean's surface and the ocean floor is impacted by the greater weight of more water from an iceberg melting. It is felt we will even have more earthquakes because of rising water levels! There was a lot about this book that was scientific in discussing wave theory, water movement, etc. It is amazing to me that such huge waves can occur in places I've been like Maui & Carmel. Cape Town has a lot of activity, so maybe we'll see something exciting when we go there!

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Gene Cathy, If a ship is being lost each week, wouldn't we be hearing about it?

Cathy That is rather a point, for sure, which was answered with: Realize the tremendous number of ships there are carrying cargo all over the world, out by themselves on this huge expanse of water, and relatively few crew members on board -- as comparison to an airliner. I suppose there are a lot of small airplanes that go down, too, around the world, that we never hear about. BUT , Lloyd's of London hears about them! Good question, Gene. My thought exactly, and John's.

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