Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami

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A mixture of science and storytelling, Waves: Echoes of the Storm captures both the facts and the thrill of the ocean's energy. With amazing photographs, original artwork, interesting experiments, and unusual facts, this is a book you won't want to miss!

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A mixture of science and storytelling, Waves: Echoes of the Storm captures both the facts and the thrill of the ocean's energy. With amazing photographs, original artwork, interesting experiments, and unusual facts, this is a book you won't want to miss!

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With tsunamis and hurricanes in the news, readers of all ages have gained a new respect and awe for the power of waves. This remarkable book not only explains how waves are formed and how they affect shorelines, but shows readers the wealth of wave types with an appreciation and first-hand knowledge that few nonfiction writers have. "Even now, far out on the ocean, thousands of miles from land, there is nothing but wind and water . . . and the beginning of swells that soon bring waves to the shore." With this first sentence, the book draws readers into more aspects of waves than the uninformed thought possible. The text includes what waves are and what causes waves to form, how waves move and, most compelling, how many ways people ride waves—and not just on oceans. Colorful illustrations help explain wave formation and wave anatomy. Petersen's stunning illustrations, breathtaking photos of waves and surfers around the world, plus historical photographs of tsunamis and storm-driven waves, all ensure that readers will never look at a wave the same way again. The author, who has written about waves, surfers and surf culture as well as edited surfing magazines, writes with solid knowledge and contagious joy. Whether you enjoy toe-wading on the beach or dream of surfing a perfect point wave curl, you will not find a more highly-recommended book. 2005, Gibbs Smith, Ages 15 up.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A profusely illustrated book featuring spectacular full-page color photos of waves and surfers, with brief text superimposed on the pictures. Topics include the way waves are formed and how they react when encountering different shorelines, river bores, rogue waves, and more, all from a surfer's point of view. The section on tsunamis includes notable events in 1946, 1957, and 2004. The text is generally readable, but some of the explanations come across as vague, particularly the descriptions of the various types of breaking waves' interactions with the shore; these beg for graphic depiction of the phenomena described. This vagueness carries over to the glossary, where an awkwardly worded definition of the atmosphere states that it is "thinner than the skin on an apple." This is an appealing book with dramatic photos, but it would have benefited from more careful editing.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586852122
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/24/2005
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Kampion is the former editor of Surfer, Surfing, Wind Surf, and Wind Tracks magazines. He founded, edited, and published the award-winning Island Independent, and is the author of the best-selling titles Stoked! A History of Surf Culture and Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf. Drew continues to write for magazines dedicated to the surfing life, as well as others. He lives in Washington. He lives in Washington state

Jeff Petersen was born and raised in northern California and studied art at San Francisco State University. His paintings and drawings have appeared in magazines, books, and on skateboards, t-shirts. He lives in California.

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Our earth is called "the water planet." With oceans covering over 70 percent of its surface, our world appears as a blue pearl in space.

These oceans of salt water are immense. Averaging two and a half miles deep, they contain 97 percent of the water on the earth . . . and most of its life forms.

Though the oceans seem silent and still from space, they are actually alive with movement. Giant waves surge through the deeps. Currents flow like rivers throughout the seas. The great waves of the tides move the oceans daily. And sometimes earthquakes or gigantic landslides cause powerful and destructive waves to race across seas at jet-plane speeds. It's plain to see that the surfaces of the oceans are always rippling, too, with waves, large and small. But . . .

What are waves?

Where do they come from?

What causes waves to form?

How do they move?

What are the different kinds of waves?

How many ways can we ride them?

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Table of Contents

Intro

Where Do Waves Come From?

Where in the Universe Are We?

Tidal Waves

The Life Cycle of Ocean Waves

How Do Waves Move?

Rogue Waves

Tsunami

River Bore Waves

Types of Breaking Waves

Beach Break Waves

Reef Break Waves

Point Break Waves

Reef Pass Waves

Riding Waves

Surfing Giant Waves

Tow-in Surfing

Photo Credits

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