And it's only pages long, with sort of big print. Each region he investigates is created by, set within and driven by ongoing major geological events. Beyond that, however, all three sections of the book speak to the broader issue of the wisdom of attempting to control nature. This, in a nutshell, is the focus of the first third of this magnificent book by John McPhee.
But not even that can prepare you for the onslaught McPhee has in store: Thanks to its steeper gradient and more direct route, the Atchafalaya seeks to change the course of the Mississippi as has happened in its long geological history.
McPhee calmly dissects the history of human intrusion on the Mississippi river, a story of bravado, hubris, anxiety, temporary and fleeting victories, and even bathos: The threat of destruction from the south is even greater than the threat from the north.
Los Angeles Times critic Jack Miles praised McPhee's "knack of presenting even the most ordinary folks in their best, most ingenious moments. Ever mischievous, however, McPhee cannot help informing us that Pliny probably died not from lava but from girth.
Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. I'm sort of a bit in love with volcanos after reading it.
Tanker planes and helicopters dropped load after load on the area as a wall of flames spread through the area. The Valley Fire in destroyed nearly 2, homes and killed four people. Families who were pushed to their ceilings by these floods; families who designed their garages to accommodate them; families who grew accustomed to opening one end of the house when the floods came knocking at the other.
Natural flows and man's control are common elements of conflict in each area. He had conversations with natives about the efforts made by the Army Corps of Engineers in monitoring riverflow in the area.
The Control of Water in the Atchafalaya Basin, — And yet, you know that as rivers go, this is but a bit player: The economic effects of a stream captured by the Atchafalaya, however, would be devastating.
I can't do any justice to the book by trying to explain what it is about. “We continue to be confident, but we don’t have control of this, we don’t have control of Mother Nature,” said Ron Myers, a deputy incident commander with Cal Fire.
o Do we control nature, or does nature control us?
(Note the significance of such details as the tree stumps, the boy’s facial expression and posture, and even the way he. The Control of Nature is what you get when a great writer runs with scissors.
It is a book of strange beauty and quirky humor that demands profound introspection. It is a book of strange beauty and quirky humor that demands profound introspection.
The Control of Nature by John McPhee The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature.5/5(2).
A collection of articles about The Control Of Nature from The New Yorker, including news, in-depth reporting, commentary, and analysis. The Control of Nature is a book by John McPhee that chronicles three attempts (with varying success) to control natural processes.
It is divided into three long essays, "Atchafalaya", "Cooling the Lava", and "Los Angeles Against the Mountains".The control on nature