Close to Shore

Close to Shore Author Michael Capuzzo
ISBN-10 0767912543
Year 2002-06-25
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Broadway Books

Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history. In July 1916 a lone Great White left its usual deep-ocean habitat and headed in the direction of the New Jersey shoreline. There, near the towns of Beach Haven and Spring Lake--and, incredibly, a farming community eleven miles inland--the most ferocious and unpredictable of predators began a deadly rampage: the first shark attacks on swimmers in U.S. history. For Americans celebrating an astoundingly prosperous epoch, fueled by the wizardry of revolutionary inventions, the arrival of this violent predator symbolized the limits of mankind's power against nature. Interweaving a vivid portrait of the era and meticulously drawn characters with chilling accounts of the shark's five attacks and the frenzied hunt that ensued, Michael Capuzzo has created a nonfiction historical thriller with the texture of Ragtime and the tension of Jaws. From the unnerving inevitability of the first attack on the esteemed son of a prosperous Philadelphia physician to the spine-tingling moment when a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like skin of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga. Heightening the drama are stories of the resulting panic in the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colorful personalities such as Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a bet that a shark was no match for a man (and set out to prove it); Museum of Natural History ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, faced with the challenge of stopping a mythic sea creature about which little was known; and, most memorable, the rogue Great White itself moving through a world that couldn't conceive of either its destructive power or its moral right to destroy. Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Close to the Shore

Close to the Shore Author Jacqueline Marcus
ISBN-10 UOM:39015056202297
Year 2002
Pages 92
Language en
Publisher MSU Press

Trained as a philosopher, Jacqueline Marcus follows the ancient themes of Plato’s Allegory—the longing to know what lasts in a world of shadows—as her poetry traces a metaphorical journey from the river to the sea, exploring the natural world and reconciling its beauty with its suffering.

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass Author Harold Gatty
ISBN-10 9780486318936
Year 2013-06-03
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation

Useful, instructive manual shows would-be explorers, hikers, bikers, scouts, sailors, and survivalists how to find their way outdoors by observing animals, weather patterns, shifting sands, and other elements of nature.

Nearshore Wind stress Measurements

Nearshore Wind stress Measurements Author Charles E. Long
ISBN-10 UCR:31210024715342
Year 1988
Pages 119
Language en

Wind stress, as a forcing term in nearshore circulation and wave generation models, is commonly represented as a product of the square of representative mean wind speed times a closure (or drag) coefficient. Specification of a drag coefficient then becomes a problem of great concern because it contains implicitly all of the physics of air-sea interaction and atmospheric boundary layer flow. A review of recent observations indicates that drag coefficients can vary by a factor of ten or more. In the simple case of steady, uniform winds blowing over the open ocean, the drag coefficient is simply a function of sea surface roughness and total mass flux. However, in the more common cases of interest to the Corps of Engineers, water depths are frequently shallow (in the sense of wind-wave behavior) and conditions are often unsteady and nonuniform. From a survey of recent theoretical considerations and associated field experiments, it is evident that drag coefficients in shallow and nearshore waters depend on a broader suite of parameters than in the open ocean case. Among these are more detailed characterizations of sea state, water surface currents, wind direction, water depth, and distance from shore as well as buoyancy parameters. To help clarify this dependency, a two-part experiment has been conducted wherein all of the hypothetically relevant parameters have been measured. (FR).

Allein in der Wildnis

Allein in der Wildnis Author Gary Paulsen
ISBN-10 9783646920116
Year 2010-05-27
Pages 160
Language de
Publisher CARLSEN Verlag

Brian ist zwölf Jahre alt und seine Eltern sind geschieden. Er sitzt in einem kleinen Flugzeug und weiß nicht, ob er sich auf den Sommer bei seinem Vater freuen soll. Plötzlich erleidet der Pilot einen Herzinfarkt und stirbt, Brian ist allein am Himmel, vor sich Instrumente, mit denen er nicht umgehen kann, im Herzen die Gewissheit des Todes. Und dann kommt der Absturz. Doch Brian überlebt und es beginnt eine wahre Robinsonade. Er "erfindet" das Feuer neu, den Bau eines Unterschlupfs, er fertig Pfeil und Bogen ...

Kafka am Strand

Kafka am Strand Author Haruki Murakami
ISBN-10 9783832185930
Year 2011-09-27
Pages 640
Language de
Publisher Dumont Buchverlag

„Kafka am Strand" ist der ungewöhnlichste Entwicklungs- und Liebesroman, den wir bisher von Japans Kultautor gelesen haben: zeitlos und ortlos, voller Märchen und Mythen, zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit – und dabei voller Weisheit. „Als mein fünfzehnter Geburtstag gekommen war, ging ich von zu Hause fort, um in einer fernen, fremden Stadt in einem Winkel einer kleinen Bibliothek zu leben. Wenn ich alles der Reihe nach erzähle, brauche ich dafür wahrscheinlich eine Woche. Wenn ich stattdessen zunächst nur die wichtigen Punkte aufführe, dauert es ungefähr genauso lange. Das klingt vielleicht wie der Beginn eines Märchens. Aber es ist kein Märchen. In keinem Sinne.“ Der Erzähler dieser Zeilen heißt Kafka Tamura und seine Reise führt in Wirklichkeit aus der realen Welt hinaus in sein eigenes Inneres, entlang an den Ufern des Bewusstseins. Eine schicksalhafte Prophezeiung, der Geschichte von Ödipus gleich, lenkt Kafkas labyrinthischen Weg. „Kafka am Strand“ heißt das Bild an der Wand von Saeki, der rätselhaften Leiterin jener kleinen Bibliothek. Und „Kafka am Strand“ heißt auch der Song aus der Zeit, als Saeki noch Pianistin war und einen jungen Mann leidenschaftlich liebte, sie waren ein Paar wie Romeo und Julia. Die Wege des Erzählers Kafka kreuzen sich auf geheimnisvolle Weise mit den ihren und denen eines alten Mannes, der die Sprache der Katzen versteht und Spuren folgt, die in eine andere Welt weisen.

Looking Closely Along the Shore

Looking Closely Along the Shore Author Frank Serafini
ISBN-10 9781554531417
Year 2008
Pages 40
Language en
Publisher Kids Can Press Ltd

Introduces things found on the seashore and invites young readers to guess the identity of each plant, animal, or object depicted, including gooseneck barnacles, coconut palms, and rocks.

At Close Quarters

At Close Quarters Author Robert J. Bulkley
ISBN-10 9781612511825
Year 2012-10-11
Pages 604
Language en
Publisher Naval Institute Press

Small though they were, PT boats played a key role in World War II, carrying out an astonishing variety of missions where fast, versatile, and strongly armed vessels were needed. Called "weapons of opportunity," they met the enemy at closer quarters and with greater frequency than any other type of surface craft. Among the most famous PT commanders was John F. Kennedy, whose courageous actions in the Pacific are now well known to the American public. The author of the book, another distinguished PT boat commander in the Pacific, compiled this history of PT-boat operations in World War II for the U.S. Navy shortly after V-J Day, when memories were fresh and records easily assessable. The book was first made available to the public in 1962 after Kennedy's inauguration as president of the United States interest in PTs was at a peak. Bulkley provides a wealth of facts about these motor torpedo boats, whose vast range of operation covered two oceans as well as the Mediterranean and the English Channel. Although their primary mission was to attack surface ships and craft close to shore, they were also used effectively to lay mines and smoke screens, to rescue downed aviators, and to carry out intelligence and raider operations. The author gives special attention to the crews, paying well-deserved tribute to their heroism, skill, and sacrifice that helped to win the war.

Sessional Papers

Sessional Papers Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015068430282
Year 1887
Language en

"Report of the Dominion fishery commission on the fisheries of the province of Ontario, 1893", issued as vol. 26, no. 7, supplement.