Firefly Guide to Global Hazards

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Firefly Books, 2004 - Nature - 256 pages
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Practical information about dangers around the world.

Instant communication from around the world has raised the level of interest in global hazards. Natural disasters receive immediate coverage, and in some cases their effects can be felt across continents.

This book is a compelling, richly illustrated guide to the many large-scale natural disasters that affect and afflict life on Earth -- both globally and locally. Written in clear, understandable terms, Firefly Guide to Global Hazards is essential reading for anyone interested in or concerned about the environment, geophysics and political affairs. The book provides concise descriptions of all types of hazards and the threats they pose.

Some of the global hazards covered are:

  • Earthquakes, volcanoes, fires
  • Flooding, coastal erosion, tsunami
  • Hurricanes, tornadoes, winds
  • Avalanches, landslides, snow and ice
  • Desertification, drought, famine, diseases
  • Pollution, ozone depletion, global warming
  • Comets, meteorites, mass extinctions

The book uses case histories to explain the causes, effects and some of the solutions for each hazard or disaster. Illustrated with 200 color photographs and drawings and more than 100 maps, charts, tables and diagrams, this book is an encyclopedia for the curious and the concerned.

 

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Contents

Earthquakes 1235
12
Volcanoes 3661
36
Tsunami 6273
62
Waves 7477
74
Coastal Erosion 8287
82
Ice Hazards 8889
88
Winds 106107
106
Tomadoes 118125
118
Desertification 152159
152
Drought and Famine 160165
160
Fires 166181
166
Diseases 182191
182
Water Pollution 192195
192
Acid Rain 202209
202
Land Contamination 210213
210
Global Warming 224235
224

Storms 126127
126
Snow and Ice 134135
134
Landslides 142151
142
El Nino 236243
236
Meteorites and Comets 244249
244
Great Extinctions 250251
250

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About the author (2004)

Robert Kovach is Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

Bill McGuire is Director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, University College in London, England.

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