Tsunamis: Giant Waves from the Sea (The Hazardous Earth)

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Each volume provides readers with an in-depth study of naturally hazardous processes along with vivid accounts of historic disasters and events that have shaped human history--serving as examples for future generations.

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Timothy Kusky, Ph.D., is currently assistant professor at St. Louis University in the department of Earth and atmospheric sciences.

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Redundant subtitle notwithstanding, this detailed study of the causes and physics of massive waves covers not only the oceanic sort but also similar phenomena, seiches, that occur in closed bodies of water. Whether brought about by earthquakes, underwater landslides, storms, volcanic eruptions, meteorites, or the sudden release of trapped gases, these waves are hugely destructive—not least because, contrary to popular belief, they usually hit shorelines not one at a time but in trains, with crests that can be an hour apart. After analyzing tsunamis’ various forms and behaviors, Kusky delivers harrowing accounts of over a dozen disasters, from those centuries past to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. He then closes with a discussion of early-warning systems. Occasional photos capture the devastation of which these waves are capable, charts and diagrams show wave structures, and extensive resource lists will effectively kick-start serious research. Written by a professor who studies geological disasters, this entry in the Hazardous Earth series makes a sturdy addition to collections designed to support strong science instruction. Grades 8-11. --John Peters

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Book Description Facts on File Inc, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A tsunami is a seismic sea wave generated by a sudden displacement of the seafloor, commonly caused by earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis are also commonly called tidal waves, although they have nothing to do with tides. Every few years, these giant sea waves rise unexpectedly out of the ocean and sweep over coastal communities, killing hundreds or thousands of people and causing millions of dollars in damage. Tsunamis discusses the many aspects of the generation, movement, and effects of tsunamis. Helpful analysis of the triggering mechanisms for tsunamis, the physics and historical effects, the various warning systems, and individual cases of tsunamis around the world are provided in this informative book. Detailed black-and-white photographs and illustrations and coverage of the greatest tsunami of recorded history, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, are also included.Chapters include: Triggering Mechanisms for Tsunamis; Physics of Tsunami Movement; Waves Similar to Tsunamis; Historical Tsunami Disasters; The Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26, 2004; and, Reducing the Threat from Tsunamis. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780816064649

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Book Description Facts on File Inc, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A tsunami is a seismic sea wave generated by a sudden displacement of the seafloor, commonly caused by earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis are also commonly called tidal waves, although they have nothing to do with tides. Every few years, these giant sea waves rise unexpectedly out of the ocean and sweep over coastal communities, killing hundreds or thousands of people and causing millions of dollars in damage. Tsunamis discusses the many aspects of the generation, movement, and effects of tsunamis. Helpful analysis of the triggering mechanisms for tsunamis, the physics and historical effects, the various warning systems, and individual cases of tsunamis around the world are provided in this informative book. Detailed black-and-white photographs and illustrations and coverage of the greatest tsunami of recorded history, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, are also included.Chapters include: Triggering Mechanisms for Tsunamis; Physics of Tsunami Movement; Waves Similar to Tsunamis; Historical Tsunami Disasters; The Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26, 2004; and, Reducing the Threat from Tsunamis. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780816064649

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