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Disasters : An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards

Disasters : An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0787270735

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ISBN10: 0787270733
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Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co.
Published: 2000
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Disasters : An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards - 4TH 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787270735

Charles H. V. Ebert

ISBN13: 978-0787270735
ISBN10: 0787270733
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 00
Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

The geologic history of planet Earth, marked by the formation of the solid crust, probably began about 4.6 billion years ago. From its early existence on, our planet suffered violent upheavals and incessant changes.

Disasters: An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards, fourth edition, by Charles H.V. Ebert is designed to probe thoroughly into a wide range of potential hazards as well as into actual disasters, and to sensitize the reader to the impact and consequences of such events.

The material is for students of geography, earth sciences, and environmental tudies, as well as for any person who needs to obtain a solid, but not excessively technical insight into the workings and consequences of disasters and hazards facing humankind.

Disasters discusses three general categories of hazards and disasters; first, those caused entirely by natural processes endemic to planet Earth; second, hazards resulting from both natural and human-induced factors; finally, hazards and disasters deriving entirely from human action including the impact of war throughout historical time. A concluding chapter deals with societal aspects and with human response to disasters.

Designed to serve either as a main text or as a supplementary source book in more specialized courses; its scope and style make Disasters especially suitable for use in science-oriented general education.

Disasters: An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards presents sound natural science aspects interspersed with human activities in such a way so as not to discourage, but encourage, non-science students to study these phenomena.

Special Features Include :

Case studies that accompany each topic
DISASTER SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, supplies, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms
A chapter on various social aspects involved with disasters
Page format designed to enhance content
Photos to reinforce concepts
An extensive glossary
Detailed references
Key words highlighted in bold type and italics
Cause-and-effect relationships between nature and mankind
Rhetorical questions interspersed throughout text

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Perspectives of Disasters

Part 1: Disasters Involving the Lithosphere and Surface Materials

Chapter 1 Earthquakes
Chapter 2 Volcanoes
Chapter 3 Landslides and Avalanches


Part 2: Disasters Involving the Hydrosphere

Chapter 4 Tsunami Waves and Storm Surges
Chapter 5 River and Urban Floods


Part 3: Disasters Involving the Atmosphere

Chapter 6 Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Chapter 7 Thunderstorms and Lightning
Chapter 8 Dust Storms and Blizzards
Chapter 9 Aviation Hazards


Part 4: Disasters Involving the Biosphere

Chapter 10 Drought and Desertification
Chapter 11 Forest Fires
Chapter 12 Selected Threats to the Biosphere


Part 5: Man-Induced Disasters

Chapter 13 Some Major Global Concerns
Chapter 14 Environmental Deterioration
Chapter 15 The Impact of War
Chapter 16 Social Aspects of Disasters


Glossary
References
Index

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