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


"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

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  • ISBN: 9780226273754
  • Physical Description: 460 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : University Of Chicago Press, [2015]

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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.
Subject: New Madrid Earthquakes, 1811-1812.
Earthquakes > New Madrid Seismic Zone.
New Madrid Region (Mo.) > History.

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  • 6 of 6 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
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Crawford County Library-Steelville 363.34 VAL (Text) 33431000743268 New Non-Fiction Available -

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