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    John McPhee Ó 3 characters PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee There are three extended essays herein about disparate places where humans insist on settling sometimes oftentimes just for the view; but the land has a different idea Man and his abode face disaster in these stories Man could move of course; and some do But others try to control nature As if One real river pilot meaning not Mark Twain is uoted here Mother Nature is patient Mother Nature has time than we doI knew of course that t

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    read & download The Control of Nature PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee John McPhee Ó 3 characters If you asked me a week ago or before I read this book if I thought this would be a five star book I would have thought you were crazy Her? This

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee Although these three extended essays all ran in the NEW YORKER magazine nearly 30 years ago they retain the power to educate amuse and shock and all show John McPhee master of nonfiction at his best Atchafalaya details the growth of the still little known waterway that runs roughly parallel to the Mississippi and here's the real shock might someday seize the mainstream of the mighty Mississip' leaving towns like Baton

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee His account of people living in the San Gabriel canyons above Los Angeles is classic and scary But almost everyone he talke

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee From time to time all hell will break forth from the mountains To the uestion “Why then do people live there?” the answer seems to be that they would rather defy nature than live without itThis is a very intere

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee McFee looks at three huge public works project the damning and redirectioning of the Mississippi via ongoing construction primarily by the Army Corps of Engineers; attempts in Iceland to redirect the flow of large volumes of lava away from a

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee John McPhee Ó 3 characters review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó John McPhee Outstanding vintage information and assessments Top notch explanations of complex and never ending attempts 3 different scenarios to fool Mother Nature This was a 5 star for the complicated science of delta and river system

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    read & download The Control of Nature review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó John McPhee John McPhee Ó 3 characters I don't know if it was a function of the wrong book at the wrong time but I found myself often getting bored with this effort of John McPhee's from the late 80s I always gave McPhee credit for being able to make a wallpaper seminar given in northern England sound like the high point of a trip to Europe but in The Control

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    PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee John McPhee Ó 3 characters review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó John McPhee John McPhee is one of the greatest writers in America today and this is a wonderful introduction to his work The premise humans constantly challenge nature and may hold the upper hand for a while But nature never gets tired and can beat our best in the end Moral trying to control nature is risky business and sometimes a very bad idea

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    read & download The Control of Nature PDF NEW The Control of Nature ☆ John McPhee John McPhee Ó 3 characters His description of the larger ecosystem is very prescient It was particularly chilling to read his description of the levee system in New Orleans before the Katrina Hurricane and see how precarious our engineering systems are It has only strenghtened my belief that we put way too much faith in technological solutions to forces that humans cannot control It is a humbling book and good reminder that all actions have much larger reverberatio

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read & download The Control of Nature The Control of Nature review ä 103 Ve hot spots people are not unmindful of the Icelandic example McPhee went to Hawaii to talk with them and to walk beside the edges of a molten lake and incandescent riversSome of the expensive real estate in Los Angeles is up against mountains that are rising and disintegrating as rapidly as any in the world After a complex coincidence of natural events boulders will flow out of these mountains like fish eggs mixed with mud sand and smaller rocks in a cascading mass known as debris flow Plucking up trees and cars bursting through doors and windows filling up houses to their eaves debris flows threaten the lives of people living in and near Los Angeles' famous canyons At extraordinary expense the city has built a hundred and fifty stadium like basins in a daring effort to catch the debrisTaking us deep into these contested territories McPhee details the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control nature Most striking in his vivid depiction of the main contestants nature in complex and awesome guises and those who would attempt to wrest control from her stubborn often ingenious and always arresting characte. Outstanding vintage information and assessments Top notch explanations of complex and never ending attempts 3 different scenarios to fool Mother Nature This was a 5 star for the complicated science of delta and river system silt constructions for me Knowing the area and the reality I never truly understood major aspects of the Mississippi River and its lower reaches particularly I do now All 3 posits of peoples will over reality dire physical positions in nature from engineering to the composites of fall out in the land masses themselves are excellent City building on deltas with changing tributary accesses and silt build ups to water flow % of the entire system volcanic hot spots of earth spheres mountainside view buildings on ranges facing a salt sea those 3 exact posits and the engineering used answers here SO farIt only lost a star on the intense engineering particulars and past name drops to all their uses as this can get uite dry after so many pages But their names should be far well known than they are It will be a losing battle Nature has far time on the job

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read & download The Control of Nature The Control of Nature review ä 103 While John McPhee was working on his previous book Rising from the Plains he happened to walk by the engineering building at the University of Wyoming where words etched in limestone said Strive on the control of Nature is won not given In the morning sunlight that central phrase the control of nature seemed to sparkle with unintended ambiguity Bilateral symmetrical it could with eual speed travel in opposite directions For some years he had been planning a book about places in the world where people have been engaged in all out battles with nature about in the words of the book itself any struggle against natural forces heroic or venal rash or well advised when human beings conscript themselves to fight against the earth to take what is not given to rout the destroying enemy to surround the base of Mt Olympus demanding and expecting the surrender of the gods His interest had first been sparked when he went into the Atchafalaya the largest river swamp in North America and had learned that virtually all of its waters were metered and rationed by a US Army Corps of Engineers' project called Old River ControlIn the natural cycl. Although these three extended essays all ran in the NEW YORKER magazine nearly 30 years ago they retain the power to educate amuse and shock and all show John McPhee master of nonfiction at his best Atchafalaya details the growth of the still little known waterway that runs roughly parallel to the Mississippi and here s the real shock might someday seize the mainstream of the mighty Mississip leaving towns like Baton Rouge and New Orleans high and dry without outlet To mitigate against this the Army Corps of Engineers has built several huge water exchangers that connect the two rivers under the theory that regulating the flow of Mississippi water into the Atchafalaya may forestall grand theft by the latter As always McPhee interviews just the right officials and employees at just the right time and his descriptive similes are jewels the spillway that transmits Mississippi water into the Atchafalaya goes sideways like grain suirting out of a burlap bag What do you do when red hot lava from new or recent volcanoes threatens the nearest towns and cities In Iceland you pump literally millions of gallons of cold seawater on the magma hoping it will stall into solid basalt and eventually stop the flow In Hawaii you try channelling playing a dangerous game of curling to make the killer lava go somewhere slightly different than it had intended This section is called Cooling the Lava and it is absolutely enthralling as are the rugged academics military folk and plain old citizens McPhee encounters in both places The third section shows the full power of civilization bureaucracy and high technology against the San Gabriel Mountains in other words Los Angeles Against the Mountains and in spite of millions upon millions spent for retaining walls dry reservoirs to catch rain loosed mud and dislodged bolders it remains to be seen who will eventually win Why oh why do people insist on nesting just below these flaky mountains One reason is to get above the smog zone making it something that can be seen but not breathed Recalling that Southern California smog has its origin in natural sea fog As you watch it from above through the morning and into the afternoon it turns yellow then ochre then brown and sometimes nearly black like butter darkening in a skillet Verbally McPhee is also no stranger to humor lest I introduce spoilers I won t detail the jibes he gets off at one suburban Arby s but watch out for themAll three segments and therefore all of The Control of Nature come highly recommended The actual circumstances may have changed since McPhee first wrote his articles that became this can t put down book the author s richly compelling way with words hasn t

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read & download The Control of Nature The Control of Nature review ä 103 Es of the Mississippi's deltaic plain the time had come for the Mississippi to change course to shift its mouth than a hundred miles and go down the Atchafalaya one of its distributary branches The United States could not afford that for New Orleans Baton Rouge and all the industries that lie between would be cut off from river commerce with the rest of the nation At a place called Old River the Corps therefore had built a great fortress part dam part valve to restrain the flow of the Atchafalaya and compel the Mississippi to stay where it isIn Iceland in 1973 an island split open without warning and huge volumes of lava began moving in the direction of a harbor scarcely half a mile away It was not only Iceland's premier fishing port accounting for a large percentage of Iceland's export economy but it was also the only harbor along the nation's southern coast As the lava threatened to fill the harbor and wipe it out a physicist named Thorbjorn Sigurgeirsson suggested a way to fight against the flowing red rock initiating an all out endeavor uniue in human history On the big island of Hawaii one of the world's two must erupti. His account of people living in the San Gabriel canyons above Los Angeles is classic and scary But almost everyone he talked to who lived there found the risks worthwhile Including the Caltech geologists who certainly knew what they were getting intoFor a real review I liked Will Byrnes I liked the book than he did and found McPhee s portrayals of the geologists engineers accurate and sympathetic These aren t colorful personalities as a rule Definite exceptions for some But I m a McPhee fanboy so YMMV But his description of the Atchafalaya River Control structure vibrating and humming in a flood seemingly on the verge of failure Well all these years later it s still doing its job are the debris basins above LA which need periodic cleanout And the mudslides still happens sometimes with tragic results So the book is a little out of date but well worth reading Recommended

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • The Control of Nature
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 03 October 2020
  • 9780374522599