Quakes, Eruptions and Other Geologic Cataclysms

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Feared by all, understood by few, geologic disasters constantly remind us of the fickle relationship we share with nature: The awesome flooding of the Mississippi River in the summer of 1993 is only one recent example of the natural world's inexplicable power. Though the human consequences of such geologic hazards are perhaps difficult to fathom, the causes and environmental effects can be traced quite clearly, as revealed in Jon Erickson's Quakes, Eruptions, and Other Geologic Cataclysms. This latest book in the...
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Overview

Feared by all, understood by few, geologic disasters constantly remind us of the fickle relationship we share with nature: The awesome flooding of the Mississippi River in the summer of 1993 is only one recent example of the natural world's inexplicable power. Though the human consequences of such geologic hazards are perhaps difficult to fathom, the causes and environmental effects can be traced quite clearly, as revealed in Jon Erickson's Quakes, Eruptions, and Other Geologic Cataclysms. This latest book in the acclaimed Changing Earth series exposes the varied processes behind (or beneath) all of the major geologic hazards, from earthquakes and volcanoes to floods and landslides; from dust storms and glaciation to meteor showers and mass extinctions. An introductory chapter sets the stage, explaining in plain language the dynamic forces at work beneath the Earth's crust. The following nine chapters, each dedicated to a single hazard, explain its causes and myriad effects in language understandable by all. More than 100 photographs and 50 line drawings depict the carnage wrought by these natural disasters, as well as what's happening underground while they occur. Numerous tables, a glossary, and a bibliography round out the text. Geologic hazards will always be a part of life on Earth. But even if we cannot predict or comprehend these often catastrophic events, we can understand how they occur, as Quakes, Eruptions, and Other Geologic Cataclysms makes clear.
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YA-A one-volume encyclopedia that provides succinct, factual descriptions of almost all aspects of the Earth's dynamic activity. Appropriate black-and-white photographs abound; clear line diagrams and maps illustrate subjects and occurrences that are difficult to visualize and are not easily found elsewhere. An excellent geological resource.
George Hampton
In the first chapter, Erickson reveals the physical mechanisms responsible for most geologic cataclysms. Dubbing them the "new geology," Erickson masterfully presents these mechanisms--plate movements and mantle convections--so as to intrigue the reader with them through accounts of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves in all corners of the world. Yet he also affords a generous sampling of more common cataclysms, including landslides, soil creep, mudflows, and wind-induced dust storms and their marine counterparts, submarine slides. Erickson reviews glaciation both past and present as well as the effects of foreign objects from space. Particularly striking is the concluding chapter's discussion of issues of cause and effect in accounting for extinctions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816029495
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Series: Changing Earth Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Dynamic Earth 1
2 Earthquakes 16
3 Volcanic Eruptions 35
4 Earth Movements 52
5 Catastrophic Collapse 68
6 Floods 84
7 Dust Storms 102
8 Glaciers 119
9 Impact Cratering 133
10 Mass Extinctions 149
Glossary 167
Bibliography 179
Index 186
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