Natural Disasters / Edition 9

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Overview

Natural Disasters, 9th edition, updates text, tables and figures; adds new photos; places more emphasis on processes and less on case histories. Chapter 1 now includes a brief section on disease pandemics. Chapter 13 on floods is rewritten. A brief, new Chapter 16 pulls together coastal processes and adds rip currents and tidal bores. Chapter 18 on mass extinctions (Great Dyings) is updated and available for inclusion in the textbook. Significant events added include the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami; the record-setting 2011 U.S. tornado year; and the felony conviction of seven Italian scientists for not giving better prediction of the L'Aquila earthquake. The book retains its focus on Earth's natural processes and the disasters that occur when the Earth concentrates its energy and releases it, causing death and destruction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078022876
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 199,852
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Abbott is a professor at San Diego State University

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Learning about Natural Disasters Using the Internet
Ch. 1 Energy Sources of Disasters 1
Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes 21
Ch. 3 Basic Principles of Earthquake Geology and Seismology 52
Ch. 4 Earthquakes in Western North America 83
Ch. 5 Earthquakes in the Rest of North America 112
Ch. 6 Volcanoes 134
Ch. 7 Volcanism and Plate Tectonics 155
Ch. 8 Mass Movements 180
Ch. 9 Climate Change 215
Ch. 10 Severe Weather 237
Ch. 11 Hurricanes and the Coastline 262
Ch. 12 Floods 289
Ch. 13 Fire 313
Ch. 14 The Great Dyings 332
Ch. 15 Impacts with Space Objects 351
Ch. 16 Population Growth 369
Glossary 382
Credits 389
Index 391
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