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  • Violent Earthby DK Publishing

    DK Publishing 2011; US$ 40.00

    IN THE 1960S, the theory of plate tectonics - the idea that the Earth's crust consists of constantly moving plates - transformed the science of geology. Combined with rapid advances in the fields of vulcanology and seismology, this discovery changed our understanding of how our planet was formed and how it works. The most spectacular manifestations... more...

  • The Burning Islandby Pamela Frierson

    Trinity University Press 2012; US$ 16.95

    Westerners?from early missionaries to explorers to present-day artists, scientists, and tourists?have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing. Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcanoes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volcano goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos. Volcanoes hold a... more...

  • Lights Outby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    Traditionally, the four horsemen of the apocalypse are war, famine, plague and death; but while classical authors were familiar with only four horsemen, modern ones could add events such as environmental devastation and nearby supernovas. In this eBook we look at several "end of the world" scenarios ? or at least, things that could make human life... more...

  • Predicting the Unpredictableby Susan Hough

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 24.95

    An earthquake can strike without warning and wreak horrific destruction and death, whether it's the cataclysmic 2008 Sichuan quake in China that killed tens of thousands or a future great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in California, which scientists know is inevitable. Yet despite rapid advances in earthquake science, seismologists still can't... more...

  • Earthquakeby Andrew Robinson

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 24.95

    The 2011 devastating, tsunami-triggering quake off the coast of Japan and 2010’s horrifying destruction in Haiti reinforce the fact that large cities in every continent are at risk from earthquakes. Quakes threaten Los Angeles, Beijing, Cairo, Delhi, Singapore, and many more cities, and despite advances in earthquake science and engineering... more...

  • No Apparent Dangerby Victoria Bruce

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    On January 14, 1993, a team of scientists descended into the crater of Galeras, a restless Andean volcano in southern Colombia, for a day of field research. As the group slowly moved across the rocky moonscape of the caldera near the heart of the volcano, Galeras erupted, its crater exploding in a barrage of burning rocks and glowing shrapnel. Nine... more...

  • Snowstruckby Jill Fredston

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007; US$ 14.99

    Having spent decades trying to keep avalanches and people apart, Fredston brings them together unforgettably in Snowstruck. From a rare store of personal experience, she conveys a panorama of perspectives: a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he can't move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather,... more...

  • Surviving Galerasby Stanley Williams; Fen Montaigne

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2001; US$ 9.99

    Through a harrowing first-person account of an eruption and its aftermath, SURVIVING GALERAS reveals the fascinating, high-risk realm of volcanology and explores the profound impact volcanoes have had on the earth's landscapes and civilizations. In 1993, Stanley Williams, an eminent volcanologist, was standing on top of a Colombian volcano called... more...

  • Alive!by Editors of Readers Digest

    Readers Digest 2014; US$ 15.99

    Alive! is a heart-stopping collection of survival stories from the archives of Reader?s Digest?s ?Drama in Real Life? series. Editors have mined the Reader?s Digest archives to bring readers Alive! Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People Who Survived Deadly Tornadoes, Avalanches, Shipwrecks and More. In ?Super Storm,? Rick Gregory, an off-duty patrolman... more...

  • The U.S. Military Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquakeby Gary Cecchine; Forrest E. Morgan; Michael A. Wermuth; Timothy Jackson; Agnes Gereben Schaefer

    RAND Corporation 2013; US$ 9.95

    This report describes how the U.S. military responded to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, and it presents recommendations for improving military foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. more...