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The Attacking Ocean

The Past, Present, And Future Of Rising Sea Levels

By Brian M. author Fagan

The past fifteen thousand years—the entire span of human civilization—have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when coastlines were more than seven hundred feet below modern levels. Over the next ten millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These rapid changes had little effect on those humans who experienced them, partly because there were so few people on earth, and also because those people were able to adjust readily to new coastlines.

Global sea levels stabilized about six thousand years ago, except for local adjustments that caused often significant changes to places such as the Nile Delta. The curve of inexorably rising seas flattened out as urban civilizations developed in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and South Asia. The earth’s population boomed, quintupling from the time of Christ to the Industrial Revolution. The threat from the oceans increased with our crowding along shores to live, fish, and trade.

Since 1860, the world has warmed significantly and the ocean’s climb has accelerated. The sea level changes are cumulative and gradual; no one knows when they will end. The Attacking Ocean, from celebrated author Brian Fagan, tells a tale of the rising complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, a complexity created not by the oceans, which have changed little. What has changed is us, and the number of us on earth.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781608196920


Format: Book
Author: Fagan, Brian M. author
Summary: A history of climate change describes the dramatic evolution and stabilization of the oceans before the rise of humans approximately 6,000 years ago, tracing a significant rise in global temperatures since 1860 and how a rising sea level is affecting world populations. By the best-selling author of The Great Warming.
Title: The attacking ocean : the past, present, and future of rising sea levels / Brian Fagan.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Subject: Sea level -- History. Ocean -- History. Coast changes Global temperature changes Climatic changes Global warming
Isbn: 9781608196920 1608196925
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Call Number: 551.458 Fag
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Bib Id: 440175

Format: Book
Author: Fagan, Brian M. author.
Summary: A history of climate change describes the dramatic evolution and stabilization of the oceans before the rise of humans approximately 6,000 years ago, tracing a significant rise in global temperatures since 1860 and how a rising sea level is affecting world populations. By the best-selling author of The Great Warming.
Title: The attacking ocean : the past, present, and future of rising sea levels / Brian Fagan.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Description: xxii, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Sea level -- History.
Subjects: Ocean -- History.
Subjects: Coast changes
Subjects: Global temperature changes
Subjects: Climatic changes
Subjects: Global warming
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-255) and index.
Contents: Minus one hundred twenty-two meters and climbing -- Millennia of dramatic change. Doggerland ; Euxine and Ta-Mehu ; "Marduk laid a reed on the face of the waters" -- Catastrophic forces. "Men were swept away by waves" ; "The whole shoreline filled" ; "The abyss of the depths was uncovered" ; "The whole is now one festering mess" ; The Golden Waterway ; "Wave in the harbor" -- Challenging inundations. A right to subsistence ; The dilemma of islands ; "The crookedest river in the world" ; "Here the tide is ruled, by the wind, the moon and us."
LCCN: 2012043454
ISBN: 9781608196920
ISBN: 1608196925
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Call Number: 551.458 Fag