Earthquakes Science and Society

ISBN-10: 0321612280
ISBN-13: 9780321612281
Edition: 2nd 2010
List price: $105.20
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Description: This non-quantitative, carefully illustrated book introduces the scientific, historical, and personal safety aspects of earthquakes. It assumes no scientific background. Earthquakes: Myths, Legends, and Logic; Measuring Earthquakes; Faults and  More...

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Book details

List price: $105.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 5.214
Language: English

This non-quantitative, carefully illustrated book introduces the scientific, historical, and personal safety aspects of earthquakes. It assumes no scientific background. Earthquakes: Myths, Legends, and Logic; Measuring Earthquakes; Faults and Earthquakes; Earthquake Size and Location; The Earthquake Process; Plate Tectonics; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Earthquakes and Tsunamis; Earthquake Triggering; Great Historic Earthquakes; Earthquakes in the United States; Earthquake Prediction; What to do Before, During, and After an Earthquake; Building for Earthquake Safety. A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about earthquakes.

Dr. David S. Brumbaugh received his Ph.D. from Indiana University with a specialty in Geophysics. He is Professor at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center. His research interests include the mechanics of normal and thrust faulting; earthquake source mechanics; Cenozoic tectonics of the southern Colorado Plateau and transition zone; earthquake studies of the North Anatolian fault zone, Turkey, and the Aleutian plate boundary.

Preface
Earthquake Basics
Earthquakes: Myths, Legends, and Logic
Myths, Legends, and Gods: Early Ideas on the Origin of Earthquakes
The Natural World and Earthquakes
The Age of Reason: The Eighteenth Century
The Elastic Rebound Theory
Summary
Measuring Earthquakes
Intensity of Ground Shaking
Development of Early Mechanical Seismographs
Seismographs and Earthquake Waves
Development of Modern Seismic Observatories and Networks
Digital Networks and Arrays
IRIS and ANSS
Summary
Faults and Earthquakes
An Introduction to Faults and Faulting
Not All Faults Are Alike
Fault Surfaces and Processes
Fault Behavior and Time
Faults and Topography
Hidden Faults
Summary
Earthquake Data Analysis and Its Contributions to Science
Earthquake Size and Location
Introduction
Earthquake Location
Earthquake Depth
Earthquake Size
Summary
The Earthquake Process
Introduction
An Important Clue: First Motion of the Ground
The Fault Plane Solution: A Most Powerful Tool
Focus Versus Fault: Earthquake Modeling
Fault Plane Solution Versus Earthquake Modeling
The Hidden Is Revealed
Summary
Plate Tectonics
Introduction
Puzzles and Pieces
The Engine That Couldn't
Convection and a Mobile Seafloor
Magnets, Poles, and Submarines: The Great Discovery
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
Summary
Journey to the Center of Earth
Introduction
Caves and Hollow Places Below: Ideas About Earth's Interior
Solid As a Rock
A Layered Earth: P-Wave Echos
Structure of Earth's Interior
X-Rays into Earth: Through a Glass Darkly
Summary
Earthquakes and Tsunami
Introduction
What Is a Tsunami?
Sumatra (2004)
New Guinea (1998)
Lituya Bay, Alaska (1958)
Summary
Earthquake Triggering
Introduction
The Clues Were There
Landers (1992): Earthquakes As Triggers
A Record of Triggering
Summary
Earthquakes, Earthquake Geography, and Safety
Great Historic Earthquakes
Introduction
Kourion
Basel
Shansi
Jamaica
Lisbon
New Madrid
Sonora, Mexico
San Francisco
Tokyo
Chile
Alaska
Peru
Mexico City
Izmit
Sumatra
Sichuan
Summary
Earthquakes in the United States
Introduction
The Western United States
Hawaii
The Eastern United States
Summary
Earthquake Prediction
Introduction
Snakes, Yaks, and Cockroaches
New Madrid: A False Alarm
Earthquake Prediction: The Long and Short of It
Short-Term Prediction: Precursors, Successes, and Failures
The Dilatant-Diffusion Theory
Parkfield: The Earthquake Prediction Experiment
PRENLAB: An Interesting Success Story
Fossil Earthquakes: Rocks Tell Tales
California and the Big One
Emergency Preparedness
Summary
What to Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake
Introduction
Earthquake Hazards
Preparation Before an Earthquake
During an Earthquake
After an Earthquake
Case Histories: Luck Plays a Part
Summary
Building for Earthquake Safety
Introduction
The Basics: What Is a Building?
Site Selection
Foundations
Walls
The Role of Design in Safety
Ornamental Design and Chimneys
Mobile Homes
Summary
Government Emergency Services and Geoscience Organizations
Computer-Based Earthquake Information
Suggested Readings
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Index

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