Natural Hazards and Disasters

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Cengage Learning, Aug 25, 2010 - Science - 592 pages
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Written by a father-son team of prominent geologists, Donald and David Hyndman, NATURAL HAZARDS AND DISASTERS, Third Edition, emphasizes Earth, the atmosphere, and the hazardous natural processes and events that dramatically alter them. In teaching introductory environmental and physical geology courses, the authors found that topics involving natural hazards are among the most interesting for students. They also realized that employing natural hazards as a thematic focus and context motivates students to learn basic scientific concepts. Students begin each chapter by reading about the underlying geological processes as well as the key terms that describe them. Next, they explore the impact these processes have on humans (as well as the impact that humans have on the processes). Finally, the authors analyze strategies for mitigating these hazards' physical and financial harm, and present prospects for the future.
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Contents

Preface
Natural Hazards and Disasters
Plate Tectonics and Physical Hazards
Earthquakes and Their Causes
Earthquake Prediction and Mitigation
Tsunami
Volcanoes Tectonic Environments and Eruptions ...
Volcanoes Hazards and Mitigation
Waves Beaches and Coastal Erosion
Hurricanes and Noreasters
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Wildfires
Impact of Asteroids and Comets
The Future Where Do We Go From Here?
Geological Time Scale
Mineral and Rock Characteristics Related to Hazards

Landslides and Other Downslope Movements ...
Sinkholes Land Subsidence and Swelling Soils ...
Climate Change and Weather Related to Hazards ...
Streams and Flood Processes
Floods and Human Interactions
Conversion Factors
Glossary
Index
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Donald Hyndman is an emeritus professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Montana, where he has taught courses in natural hazards, regional geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, volcanology, and advanced igneous petrology. He continues to lecture on natural hazards. Donald is co-originator and coauthor of six books in the Roadside Geology series and one on the geology of the Pacific Northwest, and he has also written a textbook on Igneous Petrology. His B.S. in Geological Engineering is from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Geology is from the University of California Berkeley. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award, both given by the University of Montana.

David Hyndman is Donald's son, and a young star in the geological sciences. He is a full professor at Michigan State University, after earning his PhD from Stanford University in 1995. In 2002 he received the Darcy Distinguished Lecturer award, the top award that a hydrogeologist may receive in his or her field. He has won several teaching awards at MSU as well, and is actively involved in the Interactive Studies 203 course at MSU, one of the largest enrollment earth sciences courses in the country.

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