The awesome display of power that is unleashed by many of the world's natural disasters has aroused both terror and curiosity for centuries. This series of books looks at the history of natural disasters and their effects on mankind and the environment. TIDAL WAVES have nothing to do with tides. They are caused by earthquakes on the sea bed, and they can crash on the land causing widespread devastation. Floods can prevail anywhere on Earth and no part of the world can be considered immune to their devastating effect. Dramatic pictures illustrate this book which explains all aspects of these destructive powers.
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An entry in the Closer Look At series is too cluttered in design and often too vague to be useful. A few brief, disjointed paragraphs and a single spread are devoted to such complex topics as tsunamis, river flooding, and typhoons. The text makes proclamations without further explanations, e.g., ``flooding is one of the most destructive natural disasters,'' but Flaherty does not subsequently and clearly explain its causes (excessive building or dredging, the destruction of wetlands, loss of trees, etc.). The section devoted to countermeasures mentions reforestation, but emphasizes building dikes, coastal concrete walls, and shelters to house people displaced by flood. That dates the title, as scientists and specialists in land use currently discou rage the building of dikes and re-channeling bodies of water. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Stargazer Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1932799621
Book Description Stargazer Books, 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1932799621