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Predicting the unpredictable : the tumultuous science of earthquake prediction

Author: Susan Elizabeth Hough
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
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Susan Hough traces the continuing quest by seismologists to forecast the time, location, and magnitude of future quakes--a quest fraught with controversies, spectacular failures, and occasional apparent successes. She brings readers into the laboratory and out into the field with the pioneers who have sought to develop reliable methods based on observable phenomena such as small earthquake patterns and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Elizabeth Hough
ISBN: 9780691138169 0691138168
OCLC Number: 313017853
Description: 260 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ready to rumble --
Ready to explode --
Irregular clocks --
The Hayward Fault --
Predicting the unpredictable --
The road to Haicheng --
Percolation --
The heyday --
The Hangover --
Highly charged debates --
Reading the tea leaves --
Accelerating moment release --
On the fringe --
Complicity --
Measles --
We all have our faults --
The bad one --
Whither earthquake prediction?
Responsibility: Susan Hough.

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An earthquake can strike without warning and wreak horrific destruction and death. Seismologists still can't predict when the Big One will hit. This book explains why, exploring the fact and fiction  Read more...

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"Susan Hough's book about earthquake prediction reminds us that many respectable scientists and numerous nutcases have tried--and failed. Predicting the Unpredictable tells us what has been tested Read more...

 
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