Earth Shock: Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes and Other Forces of Nature

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What causes an earthquake? When will another big shock shake Tokyo or Los Angeles? Can people create deserts? How are the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect interlinked? Is global warming a force of Nature - or of man?

This compelling and informative book, illustrated with marvelous photographs and specially commissioned artwork, explains the latest scientific insights into these questions. Each force of Nature is separately described and dissected, and, in the final chapter,...

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Overview

What causes an earthquake? When will another big shock shake Tokyo or Los Angeles? Can people create deserts? How are the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect interlinked? Is global warming a force of Nature - or of man?

This compelling and informative book, illustrated with marvelous photographs and specially commissioned artwork, explains the latest scientific insights into these questions. Each force of Nature is separately described and dissected, and, in the final chapter, all the forces are fitted into the jigsaw puzzle of global environmental change.

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Mixing lively narrative with informative graphics and spectacular photographs, Robinson ( The Shape of the World: The Mapping and Discovery of the Earth ) has produced an absorbing book. He traces the development of our scientific understanding of what causes natural upheavals--from the movement of continents to that of glaciers--as well as traditional cultures' attempts to explain them. A Japanese print, for instance, portrays the mythical catfish believed responsible for earthquakes. He also details attempts to predict and avert disaster; though regarding the success of efforts to tame the great Mississippi, events have overtaken his statement that ``the jury is still out.'' Robinson writes stylishly--``Tornadoes are terrorists, hurricanes lumbering armies''--and in each chapter offers a mix of scientific knowledge, tales of disaster and personal testimony, such as the story of a Kansas farmer who looked into the heart of a tornado. Robinson concludes by musing on the potentially disastrous effects of human intervention in nature, such as global warming; he suggests that avoiding these will require a more complex understanding of the interplay between humans and nature. BOMC and QPB selections. (Oct.)
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Robinson, coauthor of The Shape of the World (Rand McNally, 1990), has assembled this interdisciplinary work on the forces of nature into broad categories that flow surprisingly well. Using a wide array of color photographs and charts, he examines the history and latest scientific insight into nature's effect on man and vice versa. Although dealing with some very complex concepts, Robinson writes in an engaging, lucid style. Highlights include an outstanding bibliography and the chapter on global climatic change, which may leave the reader with an appreciation for how little scientists truly understand about ``our'' planet. Similar in concept but much broader in scope than Charles Officer and Jake Page's Tales of the Earth ( LJ 5/1/93), this is highly recommended for all but science research collections.-- Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500277386
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

I Who Were the Celts?
The Celts in Myth and Reality 8
An Outline History of the Celts 12
Discovering the Celts: Hallstatt and La Tene 14
Timeline - Map of the Celtic World 16
II The Earliest Celts
The Hallstatt Culture: Hillforts and Barrows 20
The Hochdorf Chieftain 26
Centres of Power: The Heuneburg 28
Upheaval and Migration, 500-400 BC 29
III The Celtic Lands
Gauls in Italy 34
The Alps, South Germany and Bohemia 36
The Danube Lands and the Attack on Greece 37
The Galatians in Asia 40
Spain and Portugal: The Celtiberians 42
Gaul, 400-100 BC 44
Iron Age Britain 47
Early Ireland, 600-1 BC 49
IV The Patterns of Life
The Shape of Society 52
Celtic Husbandry 54
Farms and Villages 57
Hillforts, Brochs and Major Settlements 60
People, Population and Disease 63
Celtic Men 64
Celtic Women 66
Feasting and Fighting: How Society Functioned 70
V The Celts at War
The Spectrum of Violence 74
The Technology of War: Weapons and Armour 75
Chariots and Cavalry 78
The Celts on Campaign 80
War with the Greeks and Romans 83
The Battle of Telamon, 225 BC 84
VI Gods and the Afterlife
The Celtic Gods 88
Druids, Priests and Seers 90
Holy Places and Sacrifice 92
Lindow Man: Dead Men Do Tell Tales 96
The Testimony of the Grave 98
The Cemeteries of East Yorkshire 100
Celtic Cremation Rites 103
VII La Tene Art and Technology
The Origins of La Tene Art 106
Celtic Art Styles 108
Technologies of Fire: Metal, Glass and Pottery 111
Crafts: Working in Wood 114
What Was La Tene Art for? 115
VIII The Celts and the Classical World
The Changing World of Late Iron Age Gaul 118
Roman Conquest: Italy, Iberia and Galatia 122
Julius Caesar and the Conquest of Gaul 124
The Revolt of Vercingetorix 126
Britain from Caesar to Hadrian 128
Why not Scotland or Ireland? 133
The Romanization of Gaul and Britain 134
Boudica's Revolt 139
Gauls in Togas 140
Romano-Celtic Religion in Britain and Gaul 142
The Countryside: Continuity, Change and Conflict 146
Civil War and Crisis in the Empire 148
The Golden Age of Roman Britain 150
The Fall of Roman Gaul and Britain 151
IX The Celts of Ireland
Ireland in the Roman Iron Age, AD 1-400 154
Forts, Farms and Royal Residences 156
Myths and Legends of Ireland 158
From St Patrick to the Vikings 162
X The Celtic Renaissance
The Welsh and the English 166
King Arthur: Fact and Fiction 168
The Picts and the Scots 170
Scholars and Saints, Missionaries and Manuscripts 172
XI To Modern Times
Celts in Medieval and Early Modern Europe 178
To the Ends of the Earth: The New Migrations 180
The Celts Today 181
Glossary 182
Gazetteer 183
Further Reading 186
Acknowledgments 188
Index 189
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