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Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters


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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 1811--1812 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 gut-wrenching 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 recall the devastation wrought by these events, and the people — both heroes and fools — that are caught up in the earth's relentless forces.

Eerie, fascinating, and often moving, these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book down.

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Prothero, professor of geology at Occidental College, writes about catastrophic weather and geologic events, including blizzards, hurricanes, typhoons, tornados, floods, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, ice ages and global warming. Drawing from first-person accounts, history, and science, Prothero describes significant catastrophic events in history, and their impacts on humans and human history. The book is illustrated with relevant photos, maps, and illustrations. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Prothero, Donald R
Johns Hopkins University Press
Prothero, Donald R.
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