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.
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 and 40 million years ago, using the technique of magnetic stratigraphy Dr Prothero has been a Guggenheim and NSF Fellow, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, and in 1991 received the Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society for outstanding paleontologist under the age of 40, the same award won by the renowned paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould He has authored or co edited numerous books, including Horns, Tusks, Hooves and Flippers The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals, the best selling textbook from McGraw Hill, Evolution of the Earth, Evolution What the Fossils Say Why it Matters, Bringing Fossils to Life, After the Dinosaurs, and the textbook Sedimentary Geology He is also a Technical Editor of the Journal of Paleontology.
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- Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
- Donald R. Prothero
- 15 April 2019 Donald R. Prothero