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The Earth in Turmoil : Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Their Impact on Humankind

Sieh, Kerry; LeVay, Simon

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ISBN 10: 0716731517 / ISBN 13: 9780716731511
Verlag: W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 1998
Gebraucht Zustand: Good Hardcover
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Titel: The Earth in Turmoil : Earthquakes, ...

Verlag: W. H. Freeman and Company, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: hardcover

Zustand:Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

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The Earth in Turmoil describes earthquakes and volcanoes from the point of view of scientists who are trying to understand their causes and forecast future activity. Volcanologists risk their lives to scoop samples from an erupting volcano's throat. Geologists scratch at the desert floor, looking for traces of ancient tremors. Seismographers track and interpret the sudden movements of rock deep beneath the Earth's surface. All of them are finding and fitting together pieces of a grand puzzle - the fathomless mystery of Earth's fitful evolution. Organized according to region, The Earth in Turmoil focuses on volcanic and seismic hazards across the United States, offering lively accounts of past disasters and predictions for the future, including a final chapter on how people can mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and volcanoes through individual and collective action.

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A million and a half people have died in the last century as a result of geological cataclysms--a small number compared to those who have died in storms, floods, or wars, to be sure, but still enough to give us a reasonable fear of the planet's unpredictable motions. In this handy primer, Sieh and Levay explore the scientific issues surrounding such matters as making buildings and roadways earthquake-tolerant, noting that the behavior of seismic energy cannot be reliably forecast "because the rupture is not a small focus of energy like a light bulb but an event that propagates across a large surface over an appreciable period of time." They also note that plenty of places besides California and Japan are due for quakes and volcanoes in the near future. --Gregory McNamee

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