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Overview

This book focuses on natural disasters: how the normal processes of the Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. "Natural Disasters" is concerned with how the natural world operates and,in so doing,kills and maims humans and destroys their works.

Throughout the book,certain themes are maintained:

* energy sources underlying disasters

* plate tectonics and climate change

* Earth processes operating in rock,water,and atmosphere

* significance of geologic time

* complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously

* detailed and readable case histories.

The text aims to explain important principles about the Earth and then develop further understanding through numerous case histories. The book includes recent happenings such as the Western United States wildfires during the summer 2000 and the Los Alamos prescribed burn,also occurring in 2000.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073369372
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,183,530
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (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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