Download Catastrophes Donald R Prothero PDevastating Natural Disasters Have Profoundly Shaped Human History, Leaving Us With A Respect For The Mighty Power Of The Earthmdash And A Humbling View Of Our Future Paleontologist And Geologist Donald R Prothero Tells The Harrowing Human Stories Behind These Catastrophic Events.PProthero Describes In Gripping Detail Some Of The Most Important Natural Disasters In History 58 PAcirc Bull The New Madrid, Missouri, Earthquakes Of 1811ndash 1812 That Caused Church Bells To Ring In BostonAcirc Bull The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami That Killed Than 230,000 PeopleAcirc Bull The Massive Volcanic Eruptions Of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St Helens, And Nevado Del RuizPHis 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 PFloods That Wash Out Whole Regions, Earthquakes That Level A Single Country, Hurricanes That Destroy Everything In Their Pathmdash 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 Peoplemdash Both Heroes And Foolsmdash That Are Caught Up In The Earth S Relentless Forces PEerie, 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.Catastrophes!

Donald R Prothero is a Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology He teaches Physical and Historical Geology, Sedimentary Geology, and Paleontology His specialties are mammalian paleontology and magnetic stratigraphy of the Cenozoic His current research focuses on the dating of the climatic changes that occurred between 30 an

[ Download ] ➼ Catastrophes!  Author Donald R. Prothero –
  • Hardcover
  • 307 pages
  • Catastrophes!
  • Donald R. Prothero
  • English
  • 21 May 2017
  • 9781421401478

10 thoughts on “Catastrophes!

  1. says:

    Since the dawn of human history, catastrophes like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and blizzards have been seen by many as the capricious acts of a wrathful Deity bent on punishing humanity Even today, most might ascribe such disasters as the work of Divine Providence run amok, instead of belonging to an ongoing series of naturally occurring geological and meteorological events Catastrophes Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and other Earth Shattering Disasters is a revealing, often insightful, look at these events, as seen from the eyes of distinguished vertebrate paleobiologist Donald Prothero, and one whose unique perspective comes just weeks after the horrific Sendai, Japan earthquake and tsunami Prothero discusses not only the natural history of these disasters, but, all too often, cites how governments and people have often ignored, at great peril to themselves, credible warnings by scientists regarding the potential dangers posed by such disasters Indeed, this isn t only true in classic examples as government and public responses to imminent volcanic eruptions and equations, but even relatively mundane disasters, such as landslid...

  2. says:

    Catastrophes Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth Shattering Disasters By Donald R Prothero Catastrophes is a first rate look at natural disasters from a paleontological approach Inspired by the catastrophe of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, acclaimed science author and educator Donald R Prothero provides not only a fascinating look at catastrophes by category but shares many stories of the scientists and people affected by them This captivating 360 page book includes the following twelve chapters 1 Earthquakes The Earth in Upheaval, 2 Tsunamis The Sea Rises Up, 3 Volcanoes Hell s Cauldron, 4 Landslides Gravity Always Wins, 5 Floods Raging Waters, 6 Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons Nature on the Rampage, 7 Tornadoes Funnels of Death 8 Blizzards White Death, 9 Ice Ages Frozen Planet, 10 Greenhouse Planet Too Hot to Handle , 11 Mass Extinctions When Life Nearly Died, and 12 Can We Survive Nature and Our Own Folly Positives 1 Well written, accessible, page turner of a science book Mixes in historical narratives with science, fun and enlightening.2 A fascinating topic in the hands of a subject matter expert With a Ph.D in geological sciences and authorship of many books and scientific papers, Prot...

  3. says:

    Not a bad account of various disasters, though obviously written very fast and without checking the facts too thoroughly the Pompeian episode, which I know better than others, as well as the Lisbon one, have some obvious mistakes, mostly in numbers Otherwise useful, ...

  4. says:

    As files to wanton boys, are we to th gods, they kill us for their sport Gloucester King Lear Act 4 Scene 1 This book chronicles some of the greatest natural disasters in human history and the mechanics that make them so deadly With a clear, straight forward style, Prothero recounts the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the 2004 Indian Tsunami, The Great Scablands Floods and many other such catastrophes that continue to remind us of just how fragile life is and how delicate our situation here on Earth is That s the great part of this book it s not just a shock awe coffee table book with lots of pictures and scary captions It s a book that weaves history and science together with a message of humility before Nature Best of all, the last three chapters of the book focus on the ongoing crises of global warming and overpopulation Prothero takes no prisoners his firm criticism of the current disinformation campaign the certain special interest group s are promoting to keep the public ignorant of such grave threats to our livelihood Naturally, some people have been put off by this seeming side track into politics However, there is no greater place to discuss the evidence for such threats than in a book like this one This isn t just a book about the awesome and frightening power of Nature, it s also...

  5. says:

    It is what it claims to be an overview of types and examples of natural disasters that afflict our world It provides a fairly good overview of the most dangerous and catastrophic events that humanity has experienced while offering reasons for some of the major events and suggestions as to how such occurrences can be mitigated in ...

  6. says:

    Very interesting and readable book for a non science reader like me interested in geology, climate, and history The book is divided into chapters about different types of disasters the earthquake chapter starts with a description of how the 1755 Lisbon earthquake crushed the European optimistic spirit of its times We all know about the Christmas Indian Ocean tsunami now but interesting to read about it in context with other disasterous tsunamis that have hit coasts in the past Earthquakes,...

  7. says:

    Naturally occurring catastrophes are fascinating and frightening We had just visit New Madrid, Missouri, the site of hundreds of earthquakes between 1811 and 1812 so I was intrigued and wanted to learn I also wanted to learn about the zones susceptible to hurricanes, the how and the why There were several brief, succinct account...

  8. says:

    A noteworthy contribution to our understanding of our planet Very readable and interesting on several levels, with a powerful ending that hits the reader with a gut punch that shocks us in the knowledge that, despite how explosive the catastrophic tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes are, the greatest threats to our well being, both in the short and long term, are the flooding, drought and climatic changes that we are bringing on ourselves as the result of man made global warming...

  9. says:

    Don Prothero is a science hero of mine and he is a genuinely nice guy with a lovely family I suppose since I have heard Don speak on a number of these issues there was not too much for me to learn in this, his latest book If you never read Prothero, I suggest you begin with ...

  10. says:

    From a geologist, this is a survey of major natural disasters, each chapter going through the physical mechanics of the event, then well documented historical instances, wrapping up with attempts to predict and mitigate the damages caused.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *