Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

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9780071351614: Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

This book presents the science behind the earth's most catastrophic phenomena. If our planet is a sleeping giant, it slumbers fitfully. Earth's fabric is shifting, creaking, and groaning. Our familiar landscape bears the scars of hidden forces at work deep beneath it. "Furious Earth" contains the latest science on these forces and the cataclysmic phenomena they produce - earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsumanis. Now, hard-won knowledge of these phenomena, gained from often dangerous efforts to understand and predict the unpredictable, is presented here by experts. The scientific contributors include: Stanley Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Vulcanology, Arizona State University, on volcanoes; Kate Hutton, Ph.D., Seismologist, California State Institute of Technology, on earthquakes; and Costas Synolakis, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, on tsunamis.

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'Furious Earth (McGraw-Hill, $24.95), Ellen Prager looks at some of the more awesome and dangerous natural events in clear language that still manages to include up-to-date research on the how and why of earthly upheavals.' 'loaded with helpful illustrations and interesting photos in a center section.' 'anyone truly curious about the causes of natural disasters will find this book informative and interesting.' USA Today 19991221

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The Science Behind the Earth's Most Catastrophic Phenomena.
If our planet is a sleeping giant, it slumbers fitfully and awakens in powerful starts. Our familiar landscape bears the scars f hidden forces at work deep beneath it. Furious Earth contains the latest science on these forces and the cataclysmic phenomena they produce - earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Now, hard-won knowledge of these phenomena, gained often in the aftermath of disaster or through dangerous research efforts, is presented here by scientist Ellen Prager with the following experts:
Stanley Willaims, Ph.D. Professor of Volcanology, Arizona State University, on volcanoes; Kate Hutton, Ph.D., Seismologist, California State Institute of Technology, on earthquakes; Costas Synolakis, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, on tsunamis.
Furious Earth sheds light on the life-threatening power and magnitude of nature's mighty trio. With the latest reseach findings from top scientists in the field, as well as insider's information from The U.S. Geological Survey, this is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the world of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.
Rich in information, packed with expert knowledge, and brimming with illustrations, Furious Earth is a must for anyone interested in truly understanding nature's powerful forces...and what the future may hold.

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