Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

by Jonathan White

Other authorsPeter Matthiessen (Foreword)
Hardcover, 2017

Call number

551.46 WHI



Trinity University Press (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 360 pages


InTides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, heinvestigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture--the very old and very new.Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet's waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.… (more)

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LibraryThing member kcshankd
A wonderful tour of some of the world's interesting tides.

White is a terrific guide for these stories.

Picked up on Orcas Island at Darvill's.
LibraryThing member yarmando
Maintaining a pleasant, engaged pace, Dan Woren reads this sweeping yet very personal and intimate meditation on tides. Some of his accent work is off-putting, and he occasionally mispronounces a foreign or technical word. The audio production loses some of the impact by not including photos and
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figures from the printed work. Generally a good book, but I found the author a little too solipsistic.
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LibraryThing member melydia
I've never lived near water so I never gave much thought to tides. I figured it was just the water level rising and falling with the moon. Turns out there's a whole lot more to them than I'd known. Parts of this book are admittedly dry, but the variety in settings and cultures keeps the interest
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level up most of the time. I especially was interested to learn about the people who scavenge underneath the frozen surface of the sea when the low tide empties out beneath.
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LibraryThing member hmskip
Tides are much too complicated to understand without the help of a supercomputer. However, the book does a good job of laying out the main features. Along the way , we visit people whole lives revolve around the tides.


Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards (Bronze — Science — 2017)
Washington State Book Award (Finalist — Nonfiction — 2018)
Eric Hoffer Book Award (Winner — 2018)
Rachel Carson Environment Book Award (Honorable Mention — 2018)




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