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This reference book puts earthquakes and volcanic activity into context by explaining the complexities of plate tectonics and continental drift using both text and helpful diagrams. Subsequent sections of the book go into more detail looking first at earthquakes, and then at volcanoes, using a mixture of historical and contemporary accounts of major incidents in order to illustrate the often devastating effects. Real-life accounts by many of the interviewees featured in the television series, "Savage Skies", are also included. The final section deals with the science of earthquake and eruption prediction and the difficulties it presents to scientists around the world. Full of dramatic photographs, stories and concise explanation, "Savage Earth" is a reference guide to readers interested in the forces of science and nature. It contains everything you wanted to know about earthquakes and volcanoes but were too embarrassed to ask your children.
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Clear and accessible, packed with dramatic photographs, Savage Earth looks at two of the immensely powerful forces acting on our planet—volcanoes and earthquakes. Using layman’s language and helpful diagrams, it begins by explaining the complexities of plate tectonics and continental drift. The chapters that follow look first at earthquakes, and then at volcanoes, using both historical and contemporary incidents to illustrate the often devastating effects. A final section examines the science of earthquake and eruption prediction and the difficulties it presents to scientists around the world. With 200 remarkable color photos and illustrations, concise explanations, and gripping accounts, Savage Earth is a book for anyone interested in science and the forces of nature. Alwyn Scarth earned his doctorate degree from Cambridge University; he is the author of Vulcan’s Fury, Volcanoes in Europe, and Volcanoes: An Introduction.About the Author:
Educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he as awarded a PhD, Alwyn Scarth was for 30 years a Lecturer in Geography at Dundee University. He is now based mainly in Paris where he continues his writing and research. His previous works include Volcanoes (UCL Press, London).
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0002201356