Catastrophes! : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other earth-shattering disasters

by Prothero, Donald R.

Format: Print Book 2011
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QE506.P76 2011
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Call Number  QE506.P76 2011

Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earth--and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events.

Prothero describes in gripping detail some of the most important natural disasters in history:

* the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1811-1812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston

* the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people

* the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Nevado del Ruiz

His clear and straightforward explanations of the forces that caused these disasters accompany gut-wrenching accounts of terrifying human experiences and a staggering loss of human life.

Floods that wash out whole regions, earthquakes that level a single country, hurricanes that destroy everything in their path--all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world. Dramatic photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the devastation wrought by these events, and the people--both heroes and fools--that are caught up in the earth's relentless forces.

Eerie, fascinating, and often moving, these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book down.

Prologue : catastrophism and uniformitarianism
Earthquakes : the Earth in upheaval
Tsunamis : the sea rises up
Volcanoes : hell's cauldron
Landslides : gravity always wins
Floods : raging waters
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons : nature on the rampage
Tornadoes : funnels of death
Blizzards : white death
Ice ages : frozen planet
Greenhouse planet : too hot to handle?
Mass extinctions : when life nearly died
Can we survive nature and our own folly?

Additional Information
Subjects Natural disasters.
Catastrophes (Geology)
Publisher Baltimore :Johns Hopkins University Press,2011
Language English
Description 326 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-313) and index.
ISBN 9780801896927 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0801896924 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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