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The Lives of Rocks

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by Rick Bass

The Lives of Rocks
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    Nov 2006, 224 pages
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    Oct 2007, 224 pages

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In "Titan" a man recalls a boyhood vacation spent on the coast of Alabama in which he experiences a "Jubilee". Jubilee is a natural phenomena that occurs in Mobile Bay from time to time, usually before dawn on a warm summer night, when large numbers of fish, crabs and shrimps swarm close to shore, making themselves easily available to locals who come out with all sorts of containers and scoop them up in quantity. 

Jubilee appears to be caused by the natural stratification of the Bay waters, with the heavier saltwater beneath and the lighter fresh water on the top.  When the Mississippi River dumps an unusually high amount of fresh water into the bay (i.e. after heavy rains)...

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