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

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

by Andrew Robinson
     
 

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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

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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, all the forces are fitted into the jigsaw puzzle of global environmental change.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
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.

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)

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