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Natural disasters

Author: Patrick L Abbott
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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Focuses on how the normal processes of the Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. It is concerned with how the natural world operates and, in so doing, kills and maims humans and destroys their works. Throughout the book, certain themes are maintained: energy sources underlying disasters; plate tectonics and climate change; earth processes operating in rock, water, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick L Abbott
ISBN: 0072826819 9780072826814 9780073040776 0073040770
OCLC Number: 57722528
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 496 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Contents: Natural disasters and the human population --
Energy flows in earth history and natural disasters --
Plate tectonics and earthquakes --
Basic principles of earthquake geology, seismology, and tsunami --
Some earthquakes in western North America --
More U.S. and Canadian earthquakes --
Volcanic eruptions: plate tectonics and magmas --
Volcano case histories: killer events --
Mass movements --
Atmosphere, oceans, and long-term climate change --
Short-term climate change and severe weather --
Hurricanes and the coastline --
Floods --
Fire --
The great dyings --
Impacts with space objects.
Responsibility: Patrick L. Abbott.
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Focuses on how the normal processes of the Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. It is concerned with how the natural world operates and, in so doing, kills and maims humans and destroys their works. Throughout the book, certain themes are maintained: energy sources underlying disasters; plate tectonics and climate change; earth processes operating in rock, water, and atmosphere; significance of geologic time; complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously; detailed and readable case studies.--From publisher description.

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