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Unraveling environmental disasters

Author: Daniel A Vallero; T M Letcher
Publisher: Waltham, MA : Elsevier, 2013.
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Unraveling Environmental Disasters provides scientific explanations of the most threatening current and future environmental disasters, including an analysis of ways that the disaster could have been prevented and how the risk of similar disasters can be minimized in the future. Treats disasters as complex systems. Provides predictions based upon sound science, such as what the buildup of certain radiant gases in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version.
Vallero, Daniel A.
Unraveling environmental disasters.
Waltham, MA : Elsevier, 2013
(OCoLC)793726738
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel A Vallero; T M Letcher
ISBN: 9780123973177 0123973171 9781283716499 1283716496
OCLC Number: 815520348
Awards: Winner of

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2014

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Contents: Front Cover; Unraveling Environmental Disasters; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Our Focus; Reference; Chapter 1: Failure; Events; Disasters as Failures; Reliability; Failure Classification; Types of Failure; Failure Type 1: Miscalculations; Failure Type 2: Extraordinary Natural Circumstances; Failure Type 3: Critical Path; Failure Type 4: Negligence; Failure Type 5: Inaccurate Prediction of Contingencies; Types of Disasters; Sources of Disaster; Disasters from a Societal Perspective; Systems Engineering; Seveso Plant Disaster; References and Notes; Chapter 2: Science; Scientific Advancement. Laws of MotionFluid Properties; Laws of Chemistry and Thermodynamics; Science in the Public Eye; References; Chapter 3: Explosions; Dust; The Science of Dust Explosions; Combustible Material; Form; Oxygen; Ignition Source; Particle Concentration; Containment; Dust Explosion Lessons; Ammonium Nitrate; Picric Acid and TNT; Methyl Isocyanate; Natural Explosions-Volcanoes; References; Chapter 4: Plumes; Nomenclature; Early Air Quality Disasters; Donora; Poza Rica; London, England; New York City; Toxic Plumes; Bhopal; Seveso; Plume Characterization; Nuclear Fallout Plumes; Chernobyl. Fukushima PlumeRadiation Dose; References and Notes; Chapter 5: Leaks; Surreptitious Disasters; Pollutant Transport in Groundwater; Solubility; Liquid in Liquid Solubility; Suspension and Sorption; Love Canal; Chester; Times Beach; Valley of the Drums; Stringfellow Acid Pits; Tar Creek; The March Continues; References and Notes; Chapter 6: Spills; Disastrous Releases; Oil Spills; Deepwater Horizon; The Exxon Valdez; Torrey Canyon Tanker Spill; Santa Barbara Oil Spill; Prestige Oil Spill9; Niger River Delta Oil Spills; Other Spills; Indirect Harm; Partitioning in the Environment. Difficulties with Climate Change MitigationCarbon and Climate; Carbon Biogeochemistry; Potential Warming Disaster; Geoengineering; Biological Drivers of Climate Change; References and Notes; Chapter 9: Nature; Hurricanes; Hurricane Katrina; Hurricane Andrew; Floods; Drought; Ecosystem Resilience; References and Notes; Chapter 10: Minerals; Inorganic Substances; Toxic Metals; Mercury; Cadmium; Lead; Lead Mining Disasters; Mechanism of Toxicity in Humans; Arsenic: The Toxic Metalloid; Asbestos; Asbestos Disasters; Naturally Occurring Asbestos; Libby, Montana; Cyanide; Surface Mining; Value.
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