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Magnitude

Author Elizabeth Knight,

In this personal essay, Elizabeth Knight explores the meaning of magnitude, beginning with an explanation of the famous Richter Scale and illustrating its logarithmic measurement through three successive earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, the last of which she experienced firsthand. She then examines a different scale, one designed to measure the difficulty of whitewater rapids and how variable this scale can be, illustrating its nuances with her own experience running Lava Falls on the Colorado River and the experiences of others kayaking Huka Falls in New Zealand.

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