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Catastrophes! : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other earth-shattering disasters

Author: Donald R Prothero
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
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Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the Earth, and a humbling view of our future. The author, a paleontologist and a geologist tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events. He describes in detail some of the most important natural disasters in history: the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1811-1812 that caused  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Prothero
ISBN: 9780801896927 0801896924
OCLC Number: 631745137
Description: 329 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Earthquakes : the Earth in upheaval --
Tsunamis : the sea rises up --
Volcanoes : the Earth's cauldron --
Landslides : gravity always wins --
Floods : raging waters --
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons : nature on the rampage --
Tornadoes : funnels of disaster --
Blizzard : white death --
Ice ages : frozen planet --
Greenhouse planet : too hot to handle? --
Mass extinctions : when life nearly died --
Can we survive nature and our own folly?
Responsibility: Donald R. Prothero ; with illustrations by Pat Linse.

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Eerie, fascinating, and often moving, these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book down.  Read more...

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If you want to learn more about these disasters than just what's in the news headlines, this is the book for you. -- Ian Paulsen * Birdbooker Report * During a time when global climate change is Read more...

 
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