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Catastrophes!
Author: Donald R. Prothero

ISBN: 9780801896927
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 17 March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 3.18
Description:
Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earth -- and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events.

Prothero describes in gripping detail some of the most important natural disasters in history:

- the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 18111812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston
- the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people
- the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Nevado del Ruiz

His clear and straightforward explanations of the forces that caused these disasters accompany gutwrenching accounts of terrifying human experiences and a staggering loss of human life.

Floods that wash out whole regions, earthquakes that level a single country, hurricanes that destroy everything in their path -- all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world. Dramatic photographs and eyewitness accounts re...

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