Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World

Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World

by Abby Sallenger

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ISBN-13: 9780786741526
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,181,901
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Abby (Asbury) Sallenger received his BA in Geology and PhD in Marine Science from the University of Virginia and is the former chief scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Coastal Geology. He presently leads the USGS Storm Impact research group, investigating how the coast changes during extreme storms, such as hurricanes Isabel, Ivan, Katrina, and Ike. As an undergraduate at U.Va., Abby was a student athlete, playing four years of intercollegiate football. He and his wife live in Florida.

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Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aulsmith on LibraryThing 17 days ago
An excellent book about a hurricane in 1856 that destroyed a barrier island off the coast of New Orleans. Many New Orleans families were vacationing on the island when the storm struck. The author tells a gripping tale of survival in a catastrophe. He also gives a lot of background information about hurricanes, weather forecasting in the 19th century, barrier islands, and shipping at the time. I was drawn in by the narrative about the people, but ultimately found the background information more interesting. Highly recommended if you like gripping historical narrative.
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Marek More than 1 year ago
Drawing on newspaper articles, diaries, and other eye witness accounts, Mr Sallenger writes a history of one of the Gulf barrier islands and its inhabitants. Isle Derniere was a summer resort used by the wealthy planter classes of Louisiana, off the mouth of the Mississippi delta in the Gulf of Mexico. In August 1856, with little warning, a powerful hurricane levelled the island and killed many of the inhabitants. To this day the island has been drastically altered and is uninhabital. This book, written more like a historical novel, recounts that event. Without preaching, Mr Sallenger draws parallels with that event and the continuing development of these islands for human habitation.