Ebb and Flow: Tides and Life on Our Once and Future Planet
by Koppel, Tom
Tides have shaped our world. They have carved out shorelines, transformed early life on Earth, and altered the course of human civilization. They govern the way our planet moves, provide us with an alternative source of energy, and may be aggravating global climate change. Drawing on science, history, and personal memories, Koppel’s book engages and enlightens. He weaves together three grand narratives, exploring how tides impact coasts and marine life, how they have altered human history and development, and how science has striven to understand the surprisingly complex way in which tides actually work.