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The Resource On shaky ground : the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, Norma Hayes Bagnall

On shaky ground : the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, Norma Hayes Bagnall

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On shaky ground : the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812
Title
On shaky ground
Title remainder
the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812
Statement of responsibility
Norma Hayes Bagnall
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Describes the severe earthquake which changed the course of the Mississippi River in several places, destroyed timberlands, drained swamps, and formed lakes
  • "Although most Americans associate earthquakes with California, the tremors that shook the Mississippi valley in southeast Missouri from December 16, 1811, through February 7, 1812, are among the most violent quakes ever to hit the North American continent in recorded history. Collectively known as the New Madrid earthquakes, these quakes affected more than 1 million square miles. By comparison, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake affected only 60,000 square miles, less than one-sixteenth the area of the New Madrid earthquakes. Scientists believe that each of the three greatest tremors would have measured more than 8.0 on the Richter scale, had that measuring device been in place in 1811. Vibrations were felt from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast and from Mexico to Canada. The quake zone was in constant movement during this period. Five towns in three states disappeared, islands vanished in the Mississippi River, lakes formed where there had been none before, and the river flowed backward for a brief period. Providing eyewitness accounts from people both on the land and on the river, Bagnall captures the fears of the residents through their tales about the smells and dark vapors that filled the air, the cries of the people, the bawling of animals, and the constant roar of the river and its collapsing banks. On Shaky Ground also traces the history of the founding of New Madrid and considers the impact of the earthquakes on population and land in southeast Missouri. Predictions for future earthquakes along the New Madrid fault, as well as instructions on preparing for and surviving a quake, are also included. Informative, clearly written, and well illustrated, On Shaky Ground will be of interest to all general readers, especially those interested in earthquakes or Missouri history."--Publishers website
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Bagnall, Norma
Dewey number
977.8/985
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE535.2.U6
LC item number
B34 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
Series statement
Missouri heritage readers
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  • Earthquakes
  • New Madrid Region (Mo.)
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On shaky ground : the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, Norma Hayes Bagnall
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-106) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33948767
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 114 pages
Isbn
9780826210548
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95026608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
On shaky ground : the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, Norma Hayes Bagnall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-106) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33948767
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 114 pages
Isbn
9780826210548
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95026608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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