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
16
The West Is a Geologic Crazy Quilt 21
21
The California Earthquake of 1989
25
Californias Deadly Earthquakes 37
37
When the Big One Hits California
47
Plates in Collision Alaskas Superquakes 65
65
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
Torrents of Fire
141
Katmai National Park
171
Volcanic Hazards in the West
177
Ice and Fire Myth and Reality
187
Indian Myth and Geologic Reality
209

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
95
Volcanic Hazards in the West Chapter 13 Mount St Helens A Lethal Beauty
105
The Other Cascade Volcanoes
109
Cosmic and Geologic Violence
221
Bibliography
229
Glossary
248
Index
254
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