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Author Valenius, Conevery Bolton, 1969-

Title The lost history of the New Madrid earthquakes / Conevery Bolton Valencius.

Publication Info. Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, 2015


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  363.3495 V234l 2015    ---  Axe Inventory 2022
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition Paperback edition.
Description 460 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published: 2013.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-438) and index.
Contents A Great Commotion: The Experience of the New Madrid Earthquakes -- Earthquakes and the End of the New Madrid Hinterland -- Revival and Resistance: Earthquakes on Native Ground -- The Quaking Body: Sensation, Electricity, and Religious Revival -- Vernacular Science: Knowing Earthquakes in the Early United States -- Sunk Lands and Submerged Knowledge: How War, Swamps, and Seismographs Hid Evidence of the New Madrid Earthquakes -- The Science of Deep History: Old Accounts and Modern Science of New Madrid -- Conclusion: Memory and Earth in the Mississippi Valley.
Summary "From December 1811 to February 1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley, collapsing homes, snapping large trees midtrunk, and briefly but dramatically reversing the flow of the continent's mightiest river. For decades, people puzzled over the causes of the quakes, but by the time the nation began to recover from the Civil War, the New Madrid earthquakes had been essentially forgotten. In The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes, Conevery Bolton Valencius remembers this major environmental disaster, demonstrating how events that have been long forgotten, even denied and ridiculed as tall tales, were in fact enormously important at the time of the occurrence and continue to affect us today. Engagingly written and ambitiously researched -- both in the scientific literature and in the writings of the time -- The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes will be an important resource in environmental history, geology, and seismology, as well as history of science and medicine and early American and Native American history". -- back cover.
Subject New Madrid Earthquakes, 1811-1812.
Earthquakes -- New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Earthquakes -- Mississippi River Valley -- History.
New Madrid Seismic Zone -- History.
Earthquakes. (OCoLC)fst00900899
Mississippi River Valley. (OCoLC)fst01240240
United States -- New Madrid Seismic Zone. (OCoLC)fst01281860
New Madrid Earthquakes (1811-1812) (OCoLC)fst01036754
Chronological Term 1811-1812
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780226273754

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