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Natural Disasters in a Global Environment

ISBN-10: 1118252330
ISBN-13: 9781118252338
Edition: 2013
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Description: Natural Disasters in a Global Environment is a transnational, global and environmental history of natural and man–made disasters. Detailed case studies of past and present events are presented in a historical narrative, making use of the most recent  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Natural Disasters in a Global Environment is a transnational, global and environmental history of natural and man–made disasters. Detailed case studies of past and present events are presented in a historical narrative, making use of the most recent scholarship. • Examines a range of disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, famines, and more • Highlights the role of science in studying natural disasters and describes the mechanisms responsible for them • Features a range of case studies which can be used in conjunction with one another or as standalone examples • Covers scientific material in a lucid and accessible style suited to  undergraduate students or those outside of scientific disciplines • Traces the transition of our understanding of disasters, from religious and superstitious explanations to contemporary scientific accounts   

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Internal Processes
Supervolcanoes
Introduction
The Mt. Toba Eruption (73,000 BP)
The Thera (Santorini) Eruption in the Aegean Sea (1600 BCE)
Mt. Tambora (1815) and Krakatau (1883)
The Mt. Pinatubo Eruption (1991)
A Threatening Future Scenario
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Earthquakes
Introduction
The San Francisco Earthquake (1906)
The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923)
The Haitian Earthquake (2010)
Summary
Notes
Tsunamis
Introduction
Lisbon; Portugal: The Quadruple Disaster (1755)
The Lituya Bay Mega-Tsunami (1958)
The Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake (2004)
The T�hoku (Japan) Tsunami (2011)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Surficial Processes
Fire
Introduction
The Burning of Rome (68 CE)
Vie Great Fire of London (1666)
The Chicago and Peshtigo Fires (1871)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Floods
Introduction
Central China Floods (1931)
The Dutch Flood Disaster (1953)
The Bangladesh Floods (1997-98)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Landslides
Introduction
The Turtle Mountain Landslide, Canada (1903)
The Aberfan Landslide, Wales (1966)
The Ancash Earthquake and Landslide, Peru (1970)
The Southern Leyte Landslide, the Philippines (2006)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Pandemic Diseases
Introduction
The Bubonic Plague (1347-51 and After)
The Great Influenza Pandemic (1918-20)
HIV/AIDS (1985-)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Atmospheric Processes
Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Introduction
The Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys (1935)
The Bhola Cyclone (1970)
Super-Typhoon Nina (1975)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Famines and Droughts
Introduction
The Irish Potato Famine (1845-51)
Vie "Dust Bowl" Drought in the American West (1930-40)
The Great Leap Forward Chinese Famine (1958-61)
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Meteorite Impacts
Introduction
The Creation of Earth's Moon and the Origins of Meteorites
The Yucatan Chicxulub Crater, Mexico (65 MYA)
The Clovis Extinction (12,500-12,900 BP)
The Tunguska (Siberia) Event (1908)
Investigating Future Impacts
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Epilogue
Index

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