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The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line…

by David L. Ulin

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670033235, Hardcover)

From the first earthquake David L. Ulin experienced in San Francisco at age eighteen, he was fascinated with the daily lives of Californians, who seem to be going about their business with just an occasional rumbling interruption. But these tectonic shifts could easily wreak cataclysmic havoc, just as they did in the great earthquake of 1906.

In The Myth of Solid Ground, Ulin explores how an unlikely collection of scientists, psychics, and apocalyptics have made startlingly accurate earthquake predictions based on everything from magnetic fields to the behavior of whales. In the end, Ulin uses the world of earthquake prediction to explore the deep fault lines of belief and the human longing to hold control, no matter how misguided, over a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that is as much a part of California as speed, youth, and celebrity.

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"Earthquakes are one of the great unsolved geological mysteries, in which science begins to fade to the fringes as an odd assortment of researchers, psychics, and apocalyptics base their predictions on everything from changes in the earth's magnetic fields to the behavior of whales. David L. Ulin's new book is a journey - both personal and cultural - through this world of earthquakes and earthquake prediction, one that seeks a middle ground between science and superstition, while also looking for a larger context in which seismicity might make sense."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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