An updated explanation of contemporary scientific insights into extreme forces of nature such as volcanoes, hurricanes and floods. It also examines the intricacies of how everything, natural and human, interacts, and discusses whether effects such as global warming are natural or man-made.
What causes an earthquake? When will another big shock shake Tokyo or Los Angeles? Can people create deserts and eventually wipe out a civilization? Or are deserts and droughts entirely beyond human control? How are ozone layer and greenhouse effect interlinked? Is global warming a force of Nature - or of man? This revised edition comes complete with key websites, illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned artwork, and presents the updated scientific insights into these fiercely debated, life-and-death questions. Our predecessors, such as Newton and Einstein, built science gradually upon their faith in some fundamental simplicity in Nature: what they called Nature's laws. Today our view is one of chaos and complexity, as we grapple with the intricacies of how everything - natural and human - interacts. But understanding these interactions has never been more urgent: for we now find ourselves increasingly at the mercy of planet-threatening upheavals unleashed by our own actions.
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Andrew Robinson is literary editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. Among his other books are The Shape of the World: The Mapping and Discovery of the Earth and The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms.
Table of Contents
1. Man and Nature; 2. Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere and Life; 3. Earthquakes; 4. Volcanoes; 5. Thunderstorms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Lightning; 6. Floods, Dambursts and Tsunamis; 7. Deserts, Droughts, Wildfires and Desertification; 8. Avalanches, Glacier and Ice Ages; 9. Global Climatic Change
Earthshock by Andrew Robinson
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