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Overview

Geosciences, Environment and Man has three major objectives, which determine the division in three parts of this volume: I. To consider the main natural geological processes interfering with and therefore threatening the activities of man: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land movements, floods, wind and coastal risks; main prevention and mitigation measures against these natural hazards are presented. II. To examine the exploitation of earth's natural resources such as materials, ores and minerals, fossil fuels, water, radioactivity, and the resulting consequences on solid Earth balance and future. III. To assess the hold level reached by the activities of man on planet surface envelopes through agriculture, urbanization, industrialization, and communication; the local to global effects of human influence triggered by recent demographic growth on underground, soils, water and air characters are taken into account. Both deteriorating and beneficial aspects of Earth - the interactions of man are emphasized, as well as mitigation or restoration measures and perspectives.

Geosciences, Environment and Man has three major objectives, which determine the division in three parts of this volume: I. To consider the main natural geological processes interfering with and therefore threatening the activities of man: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land movements, floods, wind and coastal risks; main prevention and mitigation measures against these natural hazards are presented. II. To examine the exploitation of earth's natural resources such as materials, ores and minerals, fossil fuels, water, radioactivity, and the resulting consequences on solid Earth balance and future. III. To assess the hold level reached by the activities of man on planet surface envelopes through agriculture, urbanization, industrialization, and communication; the local to global effects of human influence triggered by recent demographic growth on underground, soils, water and air characters are taken into account. Both deteriorating and beneficial aspects of Earth - the interactions of man are emphasized, as well as mitigation or restoration measures and perspectives

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J.W. Green
...will serve as a good summary environmental geology book.
Choice Reviews
J. Matschullat
....This new textbook stands out for several reasons: it is well made, it is partly provocative, and it is comprehensive in the sense that the author successfully wrote an encompassing book without becoming boring. ...Chamley has delivered a highly recommendable textbook.
Environmental Geology
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Table of Contents

Abridged Contents
Foreword
Introduction. The Earth-Man Encounter 1
Pt. I Man Facing Earth's Hazards
Ch. 1 Earthquakes 23
Ch. 2 Volcanic Eruptions 51
Ch. 3 Land Movements 77
Ch. 4 Wind and Water Hazards 119
Pt. II Exploiting Geological Resources
Ch. 5 Earth's Materials and Ores 177
Ch. 6 Underground Water 231
Ch. 7 Radioactivity 271
Pt. III Earth Facing Man's Activities
Ch. 8 Soils 319
Ch. 9 Cities, Industries, and Communications 361
Ch. 10 Chemical Contamination of Earth's Surface Formations 403
Ch. 11 Regional to Global Change of Earth's Fluid Envelopes, and Impact on the Solid Earth 451
Epilogue 495
References 507
Index 519
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