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Raging forces : life on a violent planet

Author: George W Stone
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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But what happens when nature pushes us too far? Spanning continents, cultures, and millions of years in its sweeping scope, this vividly illustrated book chronicles extreme events through the ages: the prehistoric comet collision what wiped out more than 70 percent of life on Earth; the little ice age, from 1430 to 1850, when Europe suffered harrowing cold and deadly famine; the 1906 earthquake that flattened an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George W Stone
ISBN: 9781426201998 1426201990 9780792229650 0792229657
OCLC Number: 77716803
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Violent nature : what are raging forces? --
Perilous planet : a world of possibility --
Molten earth : vocanoes and fire-breathers --
Shaken and stirred : earthquakes and tsunamis --
Stormy weather : tempests and watery graves --
Impending doom : climate and the human condition.
Responsibility: George W. Stone.
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But what happens when nature pushes us too far? Spanning continents, cultures, and millions of years in its sweeping scope, this vividly illustrated book chronicles extreme events through the ages: the prehistoric comet collision what wiped out more than 70 percent of life on Earth; the little ice age, from 1430 to 1850, when Europe suffered harrowing cold and deadly famine; the 1906 earthquake that flattened an incinerated a major American city; and the most devastating cataclysms of our own time, from the Indian Ocean tsunami to the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Eyewitnesses tell unforgettable stories of shock, heroism, and survival, while experts explain the fascinating science of how and why natural disasters occur -- and touch on the possibility that we may learn to predict, prepare for, and even prevent the worst of their wrath in the future.

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