Savage Earth: The dramatic story of volcanoes and earthquakes

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9780002201353: Savage Earth: The dramatic story of volcanoes and earthquakes

Savage Earth aims to explore the immense power of the forces acting on our planet through the eyes of those who have been most affected by it be they scientists, researchers or innocent bystanders.

This book puts earthquakes and volcanic activity into context by explaining the complexities of plate tectonics and continental drift using clear, accessible text and helpful diagrams.

Subsequent sections go into more detail looking first at earthquakes, and then at volcanoes, using a mixture of historical and contemporary accounts of major incidents in order to illustrate the often devastating effects. Real-life accounts by many eye-witnesses are also included.

The final section deals with the science of earthquake and eruption prediction and the difficulties it presents to scientists around the world.

Full of dramatic photographs, gripping stories and concise explanation, Savage Earth is an essential reference guide to readers interested in the forces of science and nature.

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It contains everything you wanted to know about earthquakes and volcanoes but were too embarrassed to ask your children. ‘The Times’

About the Author:

Educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he as awarded a PhD, Alwyn Scarth was for 30 years a Lecturer in Geography at Dundee University. He is now based mainly in Paris where he continues his writing and research. His previous works include Volcanoes (UCL Press, London).

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