Earth in Turmoil: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Their Impact on Humankind

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The Earth in Turmoil is the account of what we now know about volcanoes and earthquakes. Exploring natural hazards in the U.S. region by region, it combines lively accounts of past disasters with expert predictions for the future, including a final chapter on how people can mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and volcanoes through individual and collective action. A blend of human interest and authoritative science, The Earth in ...

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Overview

The Earth in Turmoil is the account of what we now know about volcanoes and earthquakes. Exploring natural hazards in the U.S. region by region, it combines lively accounts of past disasters with expert predictions for the future, including a final chapter on how people can mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and volcanoes through individual and collective action. A blend of human interest and authoritative science, The Earth in Turmoil is a view into the most powerful forces nature can unleash.

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"Richly researched and well-written...a wonderfully informative primer on two of the planet's more astounding geological forces."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"[Sieh and LeVay] skillfully incorporate human interest anecdotes and the latest scientific theories about volcanoes and earthquakes to describe past disasters and formulate predictions for the future."-Library Journal

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Writing for a popular audience, the authors describe earthquakes and volcanos from the point of view of scientists investigating their causes and attempting to forecast future activity. Focusing on volcanic and seismic hazards across the U.S., the book discusses past events and efforts to understand them for future predictive purposes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716736516
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/26/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Sieh is Professor of Geology in the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and a member of numerous groups and organizations concerned with the prediction of earthquakes and strategies to minimize the damage and harm they cause. Sieh was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Science, and he is the author of many scientific articles on earthquake geology and volcanism and the co-author of The Geology of Earthquakes.

Simon LeVay is a neuroscientist and well-known science writer who has taught at Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He has also lectured widely and is a frequent interviewee on topics related to brain research and homosexuality.

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Table of Contents

When Push Comes to Shove: Giant Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

Blasts from the Past: Mount St. Helens and Her Sleeping Sisters

The Great Divide: Discovering the San Andreas Fault

In the Trenches: Unearthing the Seismic History of the San Andreas Fault

Lying in Wait: The San Andreas Fault Today and Tomorrow

The Enemy within the Gates: Earthquakes on Urban Faults

The Little Volcano That Couldn't: Fear and Trembling at Mammoth Lakes

Inland Murmurs: Earthquakes in the Basin and Range Province

On the Hot Spot: The Volcanoes at Yellowstone

A River Runs Through It: The Mississippi and the New Madrid Earthquakes

Along the Eastern Sea: Earthquakes on the Atlantic Coast

Pele's Wrath: The Volcanoes of Hawaii

The Years of Living Dangerously: How Do We Survive on an Earth in Turmoil?

Appendix: Some Methods Explained

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