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Overview

In September 1776 the so-called "Hurricane of Independence" hit Canada and the northeastern United States, leading to 4,170 deaths. In 1900 around 8,000 perished in the Galveston Hurricane and the resulting tidal surge. Coastal defenses, early warning systems, and evacuation procedures have improved enormously. However, hurricanes still pose a potentially devastating threat to life and property, especially in coastal regions of the United States and the Caribbean. What causes these extreme storms? How can we best defend ourselves?

Hurricanes: A Reference Handbook explores the historical, ecological, economic, and social dimensions of hurricanes in North America. Synthesizing literature from a wide range of authoritative sources, this book is an invaluable guide to hurricanes and their impact and is essential reading for students, scientists, mariners, and coastal residents alike.

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"Written in a readable style, with occasional technical overtones, the book follows the series' format, with chapters on problems and solutions, a global perspective, a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and data, and lists of organizations and print and nonprint resources."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851096473
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Background on hurricanes 1
2 Problems, controversies, and solutions : hurricane destruction, forecasting, global warming controversy, mitigation, and insurance procedures 25
3 Worldwide perspective 83
4 Chronology 105
5 Biographical sketches 193
6 Data, opinions, and letters 231
7 Directory of organizations 259
8 Print, nonprint, and Internet resources 297
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