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  • Overboard!by Michael J. Tougias

    Scribner 2010; Not Available

    From masterful storyteller Michael J. Tougias comes a new, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, his most thrilling and amazing story yet. In May 2005, Tom Tighe, captain of a forty-five-foot-long sailboat named the Almeisan, and his first mate, Loch Reidy, welcomed three new crewmembers for a five-day voyage from Connecticut across... more...

  • Great Australian Bushfire Storiesby Ian Mannix

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 17.61

    'The biggest cleared area was my vegetable patch ... I ran and lay down and made a little tent over myself. I thought it would preserve the last of the oxygen. Under the blanket I could hear explosions - the gas bottles from the houses further up, and I could just imagine all my neighbours dead up the road. The wind was roaring, the trees cracking:... more...

  • Fire Seasonby Philip Connors

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.82

    An unforgettable memoir of solitude, wilderness and wildfires more...

  • Cascadia's Faultby Jerry Thompson; Simon Winchester

    Counterpoint 2012; US$ 15.95

    There is a crack in the earth?s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from Northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least thirty-six major events in the last 10,000 years.... more...

  • Full-Rip 9.0by Sandi Doughton

    Sasquatch Books 2013; US$ 23.95

    Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen--in fact it's actually overdue. The Cascadia subduction zone is 750 miles long, running along the Pacific coast from Northern California up to southern... more...

  • The Seismogenic Zone of Subduction Thrust Faultsby Timothy H Dixon; Casey Moore

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 139.99

    Subduction zones, one of the three types of plate boundaries, return Earth's surface to its deep interior. Because subduction zones are gently inclined at shallow depths and depress Earth's temperature gradient, they have the largest seismogenic area of any plate boundary. Consequently, subduction zones generate Earth's largest earthquakes and most... more...

  • Disaster Deferredby Seth Stein

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 21.99

    Known as the New Madrid seismic zone, the Midwestern rift between two geologic plates on the continental US has led many people to believe in strong likelihood of an imminent and hugely destructive earthquake in the Midwest. After the San Francisco earthquake of 1905 the biggest and most damaging earthquake in US history was the one in New Madrid,... more...

  • Worst of Daysby Karen Kissane

    Hachette Australia 2010; Not Available

    A gripping behind-the-scenes account of Black Saturday; how it happened and what we've learned more...

  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Seaby Sebastian Junger

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    The worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. more...

  • Waveby Sonali Deraniyagala

    Little, Brown Book Group 2013; Not Available

    The book opens and we are inside the wave: thirty feet high, moving at twenty-five mph, racing two miles inland. And from there into the depths of the author's despair: how to live now that her life has been undone? Sonali Deraniyagala tells her story - the loss of her two boys, her husband, and her parents - without artifice or sentimentality.... more...