Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History: Could Yellowstone Be Next

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Approximately 75,000 years ago, an event occurred that almost wiped out human life. According to a stunning new theory, this singular event may also have completely altered the genetic evolution of humankind. It was an event that released 3,000 times the energy of Mount St. Helens. That event was the eruption of the Toba supervolcano in Sumatra, Indonesia-the largest volcanic eruption in two million years. So devastating was the eruption and the sheer amount of ash it released into the atmosphere, it altered the ...
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Overview

Approximately 75,000 years ago, an event occurred that almost wiped out human life. According to a stunning new theory, this singular event may also have completely altered the genetic evolution of humankind. It was an event that released 3,000 times the energy of Mount St. Helens. That event was the eruption of the Toba supervolcano in Sumatra, Indonesia-the largest volcanic eruption in two million years. So devastating was the eruption and the sheer amount of ash it released into the atmosphere, it altered the global climate for years, creating a mini Ice Age that obliterated massive amounts of plant, animal, and human life. Now a fascinating theory called the "Toba Catastrophe Theory" claims this earth-shattering event also caused a severe "population bottleneck" in humans, leading to the eventual extinction of all other branches of our species with the exception of one...the branch that survived Toba and became modern humans.

The book Supervolcano will explore: What supervolcanos are, where they are found, and why they are so deadly to life on Earth. How genetic, geological, and computer studies show that each human today is related to a survivor of Toba. How we can prepare for the next supervolcano, which could be right here in our own backyard-Yellowstone National Park or Long Valley, California-and why an eruption at either location could be as catastrophic for humanity as Toba.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564149534
  • Publisher: Career Pr Inc
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Dragon Sleeps     11
Supervolcano
Mountains of Fire     19
Wrath of the Gods: Volcanoes in Myth and Religion     39
Aftereffects of Volcanoes     59
Supervolcanoes     93
Toba
Cataclysm!     111
Bottleneck: A New Evolution     129
Causes of Mass Extinctions: Supervolcanoes Plus     151
The Psychology of Survival: Mass Trauma and Cellular Memory     167
Apocalypse!
The Lurking Mega-Disaster     189
The Night the Lights Went Out in Vegas: Scenario of a Supereruption     207
Are We Prepared?     229
Conclusion: Why Toba Matters     245
Glossary     251
Bibliography     261
Resources     273
Index     277
About the Authors     285
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  • Anonymous

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    Needs another run through the editorial process. The page layouts and fonts detract from the reading experience. Sentence structure and grammatic mistakes confuse what the authors are saying. Illustrations are poorly printed and generally illegible. Discussion of eruption effect upon evolution seems to confuse Lamarkian 'sic' and Darwinian evolution. Can't tell if the basic science and data are good. Interesting read anyway as a beginner's book to get you thinking

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