Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other

Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other PDevastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power 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 historyPAcirc bull the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of ndashthat caused church bells to ring in BostonAcirc bull theIndian Ocean tsunami that killed than , peopleAcirc 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, earthquakes that level a single country, hurricanes that destroy everything in their pathmdash all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world Dramatic photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the devastation wrought by these events, and the peoplemdash 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 put the book down

10 thoughts on “Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters

  1. John John says:

    Since the dawn of human history, catastrophes like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and blizzards have been seen by many as the capricious acts of a wrathful Deity bent on punishing 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 Catast

  2. Book Book says:

    Catastrophes Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth Shattering Disasters By Donald R Prothero Catastrophes is a first rate look at natural disasters from apaleontological approach Inspired by the catastrophe of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, acclaimed science author and educator Donald R Prothero provides not only a fascinating look at catastrophes by category but shares many stor

  3. Victor Sonkin Victor Sonkin says:

    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 early point it goes in the direction which is of less interest to me climate change, dinosaurs, etc

  4. Caroline Caroline says:

    oh man This book probably deserves it s own post 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 of past disasters were quite interesting

  5. Jack Jack says:

    As files to wanton boys, are we to th gods, they kill us for their sport Gloucester King Lear Act 4 Scene 1 This 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 Earthquake, the 2004 Indian Tsunami, The Great Scablands Floods and many other such catastrophes that contin

  6. Jaci Jaci says:

    It is what it claims to be an overview of types and examples of natural disasters that afflict our world It provides a fairly good overview of the most dangerous and catastrophic events that humanity has experienced while offering reasons 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 gruesom

  7. Charlene Charlene says:

    Very interesting and readable book 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 earthquake chapter starts with a description of how the 1755 Lisbon earthquake 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 d

  8. Andrea Balfour Andrea Balfour says:

    Naturally occurring catastrophes are fascinating and frightening We had just visit New Madrid, Missouri, the site of hundreds of earthquakes between 1811 and 1812 so I was intrigued and wanted to learnI also wanted to learnabout the zones susceptible to hurricanes, the how and the why There were several brief, succinct accounts of many events of different types, blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, andIt didn t

  9. Pat Pat says:

    A noteworthy contribution to our understanding of our planet Very readable and interesting on several levels, with a powerful ending that hits the reader with a gut punch that shocks us in the knowledge that, despite how explosive the catastrophic tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes 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 o

  10. John John says:

    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.

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