Earthshaking Science: What We Know (and Don't Know) about Earthquakes / Edition 1

Earthshaking Science: What We Know (and Don't Know) about Earthquakes / Edition 1

by Susan Hough
     
 

Earthshaking Science is the first book to really make sense of the dizzying array of information that has emerged in recent decades about earthquakes. Susan Hough, a research seismologist in one of North America's most active earthquake zones and an expert at communicating this complex science to the public, separates fact from fiction. She fills in many of the blanks… See more details below

Overview

Earthshaking Science is the first book to really make sense of the dizzying array of information that has emerged in recent decades about earthquakes. Susan Hough, a research seismologist in one of North America's most active earthquake zones and an expert at communicating this complex science to the public, separates fact from fiction. She fills in many of the blanks that remained after plate tectonics theory, in the 1960s, first gave us a rough idea of just what earthquakes are about. How do earthquakes start? How do they stop? Do earthquakes occur at regular intervals on faults? If not, why not? Are earthquakes predictable? How hard will the ground shake following an earthquake of a given magnitude? How does one quantify future seismic hazard?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691118191
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/22/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1The Plate Tectonics Revolution1
2Sizing Up Earthquakes24
3Earthquake Interactions52
4Ground Motions80
5The Holy Grail of Earthquake Prediction107
6Mapping Seismic Hazard131
7A Journey Back in Time165
8Bringing the Science Home192
Notes225
Suggested Reading227
Index231

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