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Furious earth : the science and nature of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis

Author: Ellen J Prager
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today, advanced technology is enabling us to drill, measure, monitor, sample, and image the Earth and its motions as never before, dramatically improving our scientific understanding of these powerful forces. Furious Earth reveals what scientists have learned about earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis, how we are trying to prevent disaster, and what mysteries still remain."--Jacket.
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Named Person: Tsutsumis.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen J Prager
ISBN: 0071351612 9780071351614
OCLC Number: 43114965
Description: xv, 235 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Metric conversion chart --
The underlying and dynamic earth --
Plate tectonics discovered --
Inside the earth --
Angry borders --
Hot spots --
The force --
The evolving surface --
Earthquakes --
Northridge, California, 1994 --
Studying earthquakes --
X marks the quake: locating the origin --
Where earthquakes occur --
Why earthquakes occur --
How big is big? --
The world's largest and smallest quakes --
Mainshocks, foreshocks, and aftershocks --
Swarms and clusters --
Predicting aftershocks --
The breaking up of faults: segmentation --
The seismic cycle --
Earthquake prediction: is it possible? --
Quake precursors: truth or myth? --
Beyond prediction: reducing risk --
Volcanoes --
Galeras volcano, Colombia, 1993 --
Uncorking a volcano --
Tools of the volcanology trade --
Where volcanoes lurk --
Types of volcanoes --
How big is big? --
Warnings, precursors, and eruptive styles --
Italy, 79 A.D.: Vesuvius --
Washington State, 1980: Mount St. Helens --
Colombia, 1985: Nevado del Ruiz --
Philippine Islands, 1991: Mount Pinatubo --
Forecasting volcanic eruptions --
Volcanic hazards and risks --
Reducing risk --
Regions at risk --
Tsunamis --
Papua New Guinea, 1998 --
Tsunami or tidal wave? --
Tsunamis vs. wind waves --
The trigger --
Tsunami modeling --
Local vs. distant tsunamis --
Tsunami prediction --
Paleotsunamis and asteroid impacts --
Tsunamis and the Pacific Northwest --
Tsunami impacts and reducing the risks --
Warning systems.
Responsibility: Ellen J. Prager.
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If our planet is a sleeping giant, it slumbers fitfully. Earth's fabric is shifting, creaking, and groaning. Our familiar landscape bears the scars of hidden forces at work deep beneath it. This book  Read more...

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