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The Resource The dynamics of disaster, Susan W. Kieffer

The dynamics of disaster, Susan W. Kieffer

Label
The dynamics of disaster
Title
The dynamics of disaster
Statement of responsibility
Susan W. Kieffer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Natural disasters bedevil our planet, and each appears to be a unique event. The author, a geologist shows how all disasters are connected. Humans persist in building centers of civilization in places of past disasters. We believe that our technology will protect us next time. Yet we rarely win these battles with the Earth because we do not understand natural disasters deeply enough. The author has two goals for her book. The first is to show how the dynamics, the workings, of disasters are connected by a small number of natural laws. The second is to show that the most obvious process in a disaster is not always the one that causes the devastation. For instance, the transformation of apparently solid ground into a substance like quicksand during the 2010 Haiti earthquake is what caused the destruction of Port au Prince. She argues that only by truly understanding the dynamics of natural disasters can we begin to institute engineering and policy practices to minimize their impact on our lives. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
PSt/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kieffer, Susan W
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GB5014
LC item number
.K54 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Natural disasters
  • Natural disasters
  • Naturkatastrophe
Label
The dynamics of disaster, Susan W. Kieffer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-300) and index
Contents
The Nature of Disaster -- Geologic Consent : Do We Have It Or Not? -- Dynamics and Disasters -- When Terra Isn't Firma -- The Flying Carpet of Elm -- The Day the Mountain Blew -- The Power of Water : Tusnamis -- Rogue Waves, Stormy Weather -- Rivers in the Sky -- Water, Water Everywhere, or Not a Drop to Drink -- Earth and Us
Control code
783163525
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
xvi, 315 p.
Isbn
9780393080957
Lccn
2013018412
Other control number
40022974931
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)783163525
Label
The dynamics of disaster, Susan W. Kieffer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-300) and index
Contents
The Nature of Disaster -- Geologic Consent : Do We Have It Or Not? -- Dynamics and Disasters -- When Terra Isn't Firma -- The Flying Carpet of Elm -- The Day the Mountain Blew -- The Power of Water : Tusnamis -- Rogue Waves, Stormy Weather -- Rivers in the Sky -- Water, Water Everywhere, or Not a Drop to Drink -- Earth and Us
Control code
783163525
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
xvi, 315 p.
Isbn
9780393080957
Lccn
2013018412
Other control number
40022974931
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)783163525

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