Agents of Chaos: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Natural Disasters

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Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1990 - Science - 260 pages
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The book explores the seismic and volcanic hazards that will affect the lives of countless people. Agents of Chaos is not alarmist, but attempts to answer readers' questions about where, when, and why large earthquakes and volcanic outbursts occur. It pin

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Contents

Earthquake Hazards in the United States Chapter 1 Agents of Chaos
1
Experiencing an Earthquake
5
Plates in Motion Our Dynamic Earth
16
The West Is a Geologic Crazy Quilt
21
The California Earthquake of 1989
25
Californias Deadly Earthquakes
37
When the Big One Hits California
47
Plates in Collision Alaskas Superquakes
65
The Snake River Plain Tracking a Geologic Hot Spot
135
Torrents of Fire Eruptions That Can Devastate a Continent
141
The Fiery Realm of Madame Pele The Volcanoes of Hawaii
145
The Hawaiian Hot Spot
153
Alaskas Mountains of Ice and Fire
161
The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Katmai National Park
171
Volcanic Hazards in the West An Overview
177
Ice and Fire Myth and Reality Chapter 25 A Look Back into the Ice Age Glacier Bay Alaska
187

Giant Earthquakes A Possibility for the Pacific Northwest
73
The Earth Stretches Its Skin Death Valley and the Great Basin
79
Earthquakes in Unexpected Places The Catastrophic New Madrid Quakes of 18111812
87
Where and Why Destructive Earthquakes Will Strike Next
95
Volcanic Hazards in the West Chapter 13 Mount St Helens A Lethal Beauty
105
The Other Cascade Volcanoes
109
Scenery and Solitude Lassen Peak and the Medicine Lake Volcano
117
Whats Brewing Near Mono Lake?
123
The Columbia River Plateau Chaos from Heaven
127
Glacial Lake Missoula The Worlds Largest Flood
195
Fire Under Ice The Steam Caves at Mount Rainier National Park
203
Indian Myth and Geologic Reality The Bridge of the Gods
209
Geomythology The Battle Of Llao and Skell
215
Cosmic and Geologic Violence Learning to Cope with Chaos
221
Bibliography
229
Glossary
248
Index
254
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