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CatastrophesA noteworthy contribution to our understanding of our A Little Hotel On The Side planet Very readable and interesting on several levels with aowerful ending that hits the reader with a gut Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman punch that shocks us in the knowledge that despite how explosive the catastrophic tsunamis tornadoes earthuakes and hurricanes are the greatest threats to our well being both in the short and long term are the flooding drought and climatic changes that we are bringing on ourselves as the result of man made global warming The author devastates the arguments of thoseesky head in the sand global warming deniers A erfect educational book on #earth science for those without a comprehensive science background Very interesting and readable #science for those without a comprehensive science background Very interesting and readable for a non science reader like me interested in geology climate and history The book is divided into chapters about different types of disasters the earthuake chapter starts with a description of how the 1755 Lisbon earthuake crushed the European optimistic spirit of its times We all know about the Christmas Indian Ocean tsunami now but interesting to read about it in context with other disasterous tsunamis that have hit coasts in the ast Earthuakes volcanoes floods ice ages landslides hurricanes amazing things have happened to the Earth The top five natural disasters that have killed the most Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] people have all occurred in Asia Floods in China hold the record for deadliest disasters Will look for books by this author Not a bad account of various disasters though obviously written very fast and without checking the facts too thoroughly the Pompeian episode which I know better than others as well as the Lisbon one have some obvious mistakes mostly in numbers Otherwise useful though at an earlyoint it goes in the direction which is of less interest to me climate change dinosaurs etc Don Prothero is a science hero of mine and he is a genuinely nice guy with a lovely family I suppose since I have heard Don speak on a number of these issues there was not too much for me to learn in this his latest book If you never read Prothero I suggest you begin with him most informative and sweeping and dynamic work Evolution It is what it claims to be an overview of types and examples of natural disasters that afflict our world It rovides a fairly good overview of the most dangerous and catastrophic Events That Humanity Has Experienced While Offering that humanity has experienced while offering for some of the major events and suggestions as to how such occurrences can be mitigated in the future The writing style is clear and concise not overly flowery or needlessly gruesomeI have this book for stars because most of the material was exactly as described However I withheld the fifth star because the last three chapter were like school lessons about ice ages global warming and mass extinction One section even discussed how the world might end going beyond the scope of this book oh man This book robably deserves it s own ost for the bad ness of its numerical editing and the unevenly applied science Read with caution and a hefty dose of not taking it seriously That said the general depictions o Since the dawn of human history catastrophes like earthuakes volcanic eruptions and blizzards have been seen by many as the capricious acts of a wrathful Deity bent on unishing humanity Even today most might ascribe such disasters as the work of Divine Providence run amok instead of belonging to an ongoing series of naturally occurring geological and meteorological events Catastrophes Earthuakes Tsunamis Tornadoes and other Earth Shattering Disasters is a revealing often insightful look at these events as seen from the eyes of distinguished vertebrate Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks paleobiologist Donald Prothero and one whose uniueerspective comes just weeks after the horrific Sendai Japan earthuake and tsunami Prothe. PDevastating natural disasters have rofoundly shaped human history leaving us with a respect for the mighty ower of the earthmdash;and a humbling view of our future Paleontologist and geologist Donald R Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic eventsPProthero describes in gripping detail some of the most important natural disasters in history#58;PAcirc;bull; the New Madrid Missouri earthuakes of 1811ndash;1812 that caused church bells Ro discusses not only the natural history of these disasters but all too often cites how governments and eople have often ignored at great eril to themselves credible warnings #by scientists regarding the otential dangers osed by such disasters Indeed this isn t only true #scientists regarding the otential dangers osed by such disasters Indeed this isn t only true classic examples as government and ublic responses to imminent volcanic eruptions and euations but even relatively mundane disasters such as landslides which Prothero discusses at length even when such discussions may be far less riveting than his accounts of the A D 79 eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which wiped out the Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii or the great 1906 San Francisco earthuake and yet discussions worth noting by readers interested in The First Secret of Edwin Hoff potential lapses inublic olicy with respect to dealing with the otential for such disasters Catastrophes can be seen as a book organized loosely in three sections with the first five chapters devoted respectively to earthuakes tsunamis volcanoes landslides and floods a much longer section devoted to meteorological disasters ranging from hurricanes to blizzards that segues into extensive discussions of ice ages and mass extinctions Prothero is at his best in recounting natural catastrophes like the Vesuvius eruption Lisbon and San Francisco earthuakes Such accounts are truly mesmerizing drawn upon eyewitness accounts and greatly informed by his relevant knowledge of the geological sciences His writing drawn upon eyewitness accounts and greatly informed by his relevant knowledge of the geological sciences His writing to be a bit less engrossing when he discusses for example Landslides Chapter 4 especially with regards to devastating landslides in and around his native Southern California many of which he implies could have been revented had local governments and eople heeded ample signs of País íntim prior landslides afflicting these Southern Californian hills Among the best discussions in Catastrophes are Prothero s extensive accounts of ice ages and mass extinctions His chapter on ice ages could serve as an excellent introduction to them in a basic geology course aimed for general audiences A close second is his chapter on mass extinctions especially with regards to his excellent if rather terse discussion of current biodiversity losses in what many now regard as the Sixth great mass extinction in the Phanerozoic Eon which recently in Nature a team led by Prothero s Berkeley California colleague Anthony Barnovsky has shown that ongoing extinction rates forlants and animals are nearly as high as those for the two worst mass extinctions in the last three hundred million years the terminal Permian mass extinction event that wiped out nearly 90% of Earth s biodiversity and the terminal Cretaceous mass extinction event that wiped out the nonavian dinosaurs all of the great marine and flying reptiles and notable marine invertebrates like ammonites distant relatives of the extant octopus and suid However Prothero devotes too much of this chapter to debunking asteroid impacts as a Under Lock and Key primary cause of mass extinctions including the terminal Cretaceous event especially when there is indeed compelling evidence thatoints to its extraterrestrial origin in the form of a substantial submerged crater at Chicxulub Yucatan Mexico Instead he cites uestionable studies by Princeton micropaleontologist Gerta Keller which contend that the terminal Cretaceous mass extinction of lanktic foraminifera amoeba which ossesses calcium carbonate skeletons was a gradual drawn out Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II process comprised of stepped extinctions not a sudden catastrophic mass extinction as other studies have demonstrated convincingly Keller is the sole notable opponent and held onto her opposition despite a substantial scientific literature that exists in support of a sudden catastrophic collapse oflanktic foraminiferal biodiversity Without a doubt Prothero has offer. O ring in BostonAcirc;bull; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed than 230000 eopleAcirc;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 earthuakes that level a single country ,

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Ed a relatively concise overview of natural disasters in Catastrophes one that should garner ample interest especially by those interested in ublic Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover policy implications in the wake of both the Sendai Japan earthuake and tsunami and ongoing meteorological disasters like the current series of deadly tornadoes in the Midwestern United States Lest one worries that volcanic eruptions and earthuakes are far dangerous and deadly than tornadoes Prothero acknowledges in his concluding chapter that there are far fatalities due to meteorological disasters than those resulting from these geological events associated withlate tectonics For these reasons alone this book is a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the natural this book is a noteworthy contribution to OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURAL OF NATURAL DISASTERS NATURALLY understanding of the natural of natural disasters Naturally catastrophes are fascinating and frightening We had just visit New Madrid Missouri the site of hundreds of earthuakes between 1811 and 1812 so I was intrigued and wanted to learn I also wanted to learn about the zones susceptible to hurricanes the how and the why There were several brief succinct accounts of many events of different types blizzards hurricanes earthuakes tornadoes volcanoes and It didn t offer the depth I was seeking I wanted analysis from geological #financial and social erspectives that dug further than what this book offered #and social erspectives that dug further than what this book offered was the kind of book I would have Pjesme picked up for a jr high or highschool report on the subjects As files to wanton boys are we to th gods they kill us for their sport Gloucester King Lear Act 4 Scene 1This book chronicles some of the greatest natural disasters in human history and the mechanics that make them so deadly With a clear straight forward style Prothero recounts the 1906 San Francisco Earthuake the 2004 Indian Tsunami The Great Scablands Floods and many other such catastrophes that continue to remind us of just how fragile life is and how delicate our situation here on Earth is That s the greatart of this book it s not just a shock awe coffee table book with lots of ictures and scary captions It s a book that weaves history and science together with a message of humility before Nature Best of all the last three chapters of the book focus on the ongoing crises of global warming and overpopulation Prothero takes no risoners his firm criticism of the current disinformation campaign the certain special interest group s are romoting to keep the ublic ignorant of such grave threats to our livelihood Naturally some eople have been ut off by this seeming side track into A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal politics However there is no greaterlace to discuss the evidence for such threats than in a book like this one This isn t just a book about the awesome and frightening Nacht power of Nature it s also a call for action and awareness of ourlace and impact on the rest of lanet around us Note This book is also a very easy read I took a while with it because life get s in the wayHIGHLY RECOMMENDED Catastrophes Earthuakes Tsunamis Tornadoes and Other Earth Shattering Disasters By Donald R Prothero Catastrophes is a first rate look at natural disasters from a aleontological approach Inspired by the catastrophe of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami acclaimed science author and educator Donald R Prothero The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody provides not only a fascinating look at catastrophes by category but shares many stories of the scientists andeople affected by them This captivating 360 The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together page book includes the following twelve chapters 1 Earthuakes The Earth in Upheaval 2 Tsunamis The Sea Rises Up 3 Volcanoes Hell s Cauldron 4 Landslides Gravity Always Wins 5 Floods Raging Waters 6 Hurricanes Cyclones and Typhoons Nature on the Rampage 7 Tornadoes Funnels of Death 8 Blizzards White Death 9 Ice Ages Frozen Planet 10 Greenhouse Planet Too Hot to Handle 11 Mass Extinctions When Life Nearly. Urricanes that destroy everything in theirathmdash;all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world Dramatic Curse of Rocky Colavito photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the devastation wrought by these events and theeoplemdash;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 ut the book do. .

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