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    EBOOK / PDF [The Control of Nature] Although these three extended essays all ran in the NEW YORKER magazine nearly 30 years ago they retain the power to educate amuse and

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Control of Nature] download ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ John McPhee John McPhee ¿ 3 read & download 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'

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    free download The Control of Nature EBOOK / PDF [The Control of Nature] download ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ 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 interesting book that looks at three different locations where people have tried to “control nature” and live where history and perhaps common sense says they probably shouldn't— The Mississippi River has an enormous flood plain

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Control of Nature] download ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ John McPhee free download The Control of Nature 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 larg

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Control of Nature] 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 c

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The Control of Nature

review The Control of Nature Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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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review The Control of Nature Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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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review The Control of Nature Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 town by spraying massive amounts of water at the flow edges and coping with massive debris flows in Los Angeles as the San Gabriel mountains that abut the city both rise and crumbleInformation here includes some history of the US Army Corps of Engineers an enlightening look at the history of flooding in New Orleans an appreciation for the significance of the Atchafalaya and a look at the geology and natural processes in effect in Los AngelesOverall the information presented in The Control of Nature is very interesting Considering that it was published in 1989 and that I was unaware of the specifics involved it has clearly not become common knowledge and thus retains a bit of freshness It might be nice to see a follow up by the author particularly as applied to the Mississippi and Los Angeles issues in light of events since publication I confess that I did not look for such and it may well be out there While the information in the book was interesting it seemed to me that the writing was less so McPhee offers a host of local personalities to illustrate the impact of these issues on people and generically that approach is sound Yet the impact of that approach was minimal I never felt that his portrayals went beyond what one might find in newspaper reportage of the day One need not make characters come alive as a good novelist might but his portrayals rarely rose above the mundaneI thought the book would have profited from the inclusion of illustrations There is a brief section in which drawings are shown of structures no longer present in Iceland but they added little

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • The Control of Nature
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 03 June 2019
  • 9780374522599