Black Tides by Miles O. HayesBlack Tides by Miles O. Hayes

Black Tides

byMiles O. Hayes

Paperback | February 15, 2000

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Black tides of spilled oil pollute the world's coasts with depressing regularity, giving scientists ample opportunity to observe their environmental impacts and learn how to clean up and restore the affected shorelines. Miles O. Hayes has been a leader in this work for over twenty years. In this highly readable autobiography, he describes his evolution as a scientist, his work in coastal oil spill contingency planning and clean up, and his personal philosophy of one's relationship with nature.

A skilled raconteur, Hayes tells engrossing stories of responding to most of the recent, headline-grabbing oil spills, including the Gulf War spills, the Exxon Valdez, the Amoco Cadiz spill in France, and the Ixtoc I blowout in Mexico. Interspersed among them are personal events and adventures, such as his survival of a plane crash while mapping a remote part of Alaska. From this life story emerges a compelling statement of the ongoing conflict between environmental preservation and the exploitation of natural resources to sustain our modern society.

President of Research Planning, Inc., in Columbia, South Carolina, Miles O. Hayes is a geologist and marine scientist with over thirty-five years of research experience. In 1997, he was awarded the Francis P. Shepard Medal in Marine Geology by the Society for Sedimentary Geology.
Title:Black TidesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292731248

ISBN - 13:9780292731240

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword: A Major Oil Spill Here
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part 1: Heaven's Door
  • Part 2: Child of the King
  • Part 3: In Between Dances
  • Part 4: The End of the Earth
  • Part 5: Texas Medicine
  • Part 6: Science, Paid Liars, and Videotapes
  • Part 7: Dreamers
  • Afterword: My Oil-Spill Heroes
  • Notes

From Our Editors

It takes decades of observation to fully understand the devastating impact of an oil-spill. Miles O. Hayes has been observing, advising and creating contingency plans for oil spills all over the world. Filled with personal observations and adventures, Black Tides provides the reader with insights into and stories of first-hand experiences with some of the most infamous oil disasters in recent history.