Living on an Active Earth: Perspectives on Earthquake Science

Living on an Active Earth: Perspectives on Earthquake Science

by Committee on the Science of Earthquakes, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies Staff, Board on Earth SCiences and Resources Staff
     
 

The destructive force of earthquakes has stimulated human inquiry since ancient times, yet the scientific study of earthquakes is a surprisingly recent endeavor. Instrumental recordings of earthquakes were not made until the second half of the 19th century, and the primary mechanism for generating seismic waves was not identified until the beginning of the 20th… See more details below

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The destructive force of earthquakes has stimulated human inquiry since ancient times, yet the scientific study of earthquakes is a surprisingly recent endeavor. Instrumental recordings of earthquakes were not made until the second half of the 19th century, and the primary mechanism for generating seismic waves was not identified until the beginning of the 20th century.

From this recent start, a range of laboratory, field, and theoretical investigations have developed into a vigorous new discipline: the science of earthquakes. As a basic science, it provides a comprehensive understanding of earthquake behavior and related phenomena in the Earth and other terrestrial planets. As an applied science, it provides a knowledge base of great practical value for a global society whose infrastructure is built on the Earth's active crust.

This book describes the growth and origins of earthquake science and identifies research and data collection efforts that will strengthen the scientific and social contributions of this exciting new discipline.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309065627
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/30/2003
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.14(d)

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