A Time to Die by Robert Moore

By Robert Moore

Ona quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, explosions--one so immense it was once detected through seismologists round the world--shot throughout the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia's prized submarine, the Kursk, begun her deadly plunge to the sea flooring. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore provides a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine catastrophe in background. trip down into the center of the Kursk to witness the final hours of the twenty-three younger males who survived the preliminary blasts. stopover at the hugely limited Arctic submarine base to which Moore received mystery admission, the place the households of the workforce clamored for information in their family. Drawing on unique entry to most sensible Russian army ?gures, Moore tells the interior tale of the Kursk catastrophe with real intensity and the compelling moment-by-moment pressure of a thriller.From the exchange Paperback edition.

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0. Water Supply in Rome 13 2 The Bucket Era T he Western world was very different after the fall of the Roman Empire. Without Rome’s engineers, planners, and armies, cities faded into the background. Between 500 and 1400 CE, few places in Europe had populations that were greater than a fi ft h of the size of Rome at its peak. 1 Houses were clustered in tight rows to protect city dwellers from the winter cold. The attached houses created the familiar narrow streets and town squares of old Europe, but hidden behind their facades were spacious backyards, where city dwellers grew food and tended livestock.

14 Well water may have been free, but bringing it up to the surface was often exhausting and dangerous. During this period, public wells were frequently little more than holes dug down to the water table. 3 In places without easy access to surface water or an ample supply of groundwater, like the Italian hill cities and the coastal trading communities scattered around the Mediterranean, rain was the primary source of drinking water. Elaborate systems were developed to route rainwater from roofs into stone-lined underground cisterns.

Before the advent of synthetic fertilizer, manure was a valuable commodity, and distinctions were not often made among its many sources. As cities grew, local water supplies and backyard waste disposal proved to be inadequate. With more people crammed within the city’s protective walls, real estate became more valuable, leading to the disappearance of backyard gardens and their dung piles. 8 The quality of local surface waters further deteriorated when streets were paved in an effort to control the mess created by all of the traffic passing through the mixture of mud, trash, and human wastes.

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