Frankalmoigne is a publisher of books and atlases about geography, cartography and travel. Our title list is small and reflects our narrow focus on material that documents the world as it is. Our interest is in preserving a record of human activities as they shape, and are shaped by, Earth's natural resources.

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: The Nuclear Treasure Chest is Killing us.

In the years immediately after Hiroshima, the US kept its secret weapon to itself. But the USSR, wary of allowing the United States to wield unbalanced power, developed its own nuclear weapons program, successfully testing its first bomb in 1949. World War II was supplanted by the Cold War.

In his 1953 Atoms for Peace speech, Eisenhower proclaimed that “the inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.” We must always be on guard when generals talk of death and life.

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Timeline of Fukushima Meltdowns.

FRI MAR 11, 2:46 PM. TOKYO. Seismic monitors detect the impending earthquake, triggering an automatic shutdown of Japan Railway’s bullet trains. The railway’s 27 high-speed trains quickly brake to a safe stop about fifteen seconds before the earthquake begins.

Hundreds of regional and local trains and subways are notified by other means that an earthquake is happening and engineers stop all trains in their tracks. All platform departures are suspended.

An orderly first response in an orderly country.

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Can the Japanese Lead Us to a Nuclear-free World?

Japan is the only country to have suffered the horror of atomic bombs, and the Japanese commitment to global nuclear disarmament is well known. But somehow, the resolve to see the dismantling of the world's nuclear arsenals didn't extend to the nuclear power industry.

In the frightful days immediately after March 11th, 2011, the world awoke to the realization that nuclear power stations might be even more deadly than atomic bombs.

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Great Tōhoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011.

FRI MAR 11, 2011 2:46 PM JST. SENDAI, MIYAGI PREF. Latent energy has been accumulating in the Japan Trench east of Sendai since 1933, in geologic time a scant 78 years. Tectonic movement is first detected by seismometers at 14:45 JST, triggering an early warning system that alerts citizens to an impending earthquake. Approximately one minute later, Japan’s largest and most populous island of Honshu begins shaking.

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The Japanese have a god for Everything. Japan has a uniquely religious way of life, a life filled with the blessings of the gods – not one omnipotent creator, protector, benefactor, exemplar, adjudicator.

Some say this country has a god for everything, and after a while you begin to agree.

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The Blessings of Kagura. Kagura is an invocation to the gods, a call to seat themselves among us. When performed at a gathering, kagura becomes a blessing to all who are present, and sets the stage for a communion between the spirit and earthly worlds. Classical kagura has its roots in Shinto mythology, and is performed with a reverence befitting its sacred origins.

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Optimism in the Face of Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Meltdowns. Historical documents have recorded large tsunamis every century or two and smaller tsunamis every few decades as the Pacific Plate subducts under the North American Plate. The dates on record are: 869, 1611, 1616, 1640, 1677, 1696, 1703, 1766, 1793, 1843, 1847, 1856, 1896, 1905, 1923, 1933, 1952, 1983 and 1993. Archaeological evidence at many coastal sites corroborates the written records.

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A Shinto Way of Life. Japanese kami take many forms: mythical gods that explain the order of the universe; place-based gods that inhabit mountains and groves and lakes and seas; ancient trees venerated as the earthly abode of heavenly visitors; mystic messengers in animal form; supernatural beings in the guise of ghosts and demons; martyrs and saints that become gods by example; and the spirits of ancestors who have long since crossed over.

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Another New Year's Eve Freshet. New Year’s Eve was a somber night as the final hours of 2005 ticked away with a sense of stunned survivorship. Neighbors helped neighbors in distress, friends told their story, and public officials presided over a disrupted community unsure of what to do.

Local citizens – without electricity, and shut off from their normal transportation routes by numerous closed bridges – walked to the high-water edge to gawk.

Enhancing and Caring for the Laguna is a comprehensive vision for restoring and managing the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed’s biology and hydrology, created as a collaborative effort of the Laguna’s many stakeholders. A two volume report, the plan reveals the Laguna watershed’s interconnected ecologies and sets specific recommendations for improvement of water quality, wildlife habitat, biodiversity and public recreation.

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Authors. Manuscripts that deal with specific places are good candidates for us. We call this "placed-based geography." We are not seeking manuscripts at this time. Our 2019 publishing calendar is full.

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