Dangerous Earth

an introduction to geologic hazards

Author: Barbara Winifred Murck,Brian J. Skinner,Stephen C. Porter

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 300

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This book contains complete coverage of the geologic processes behind major natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. It also provides an absorbing exploration of the human-planet relationship, describing how Earth processes influence our lives on a daily basis and how human actions alter the natural functioning of Earth systems. It explains how to distinguish the effects of anthropogenic change from natural change and predict the impact of both. Focuses on the geological concepts behind disasters. Includes the risk assessment themes, hazard reduction focus, and such topics as snow avalanches, blizzards, major fires, coastal floodings, and meteorite impacts. Incorporates examples from around the world to provide a global focus.

Earthquakes

Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Hazards

Author: Timothy Kusky,Timothy M. Kusky

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816064628

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 169

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"Explores the furious impact of nature and the massive devastation that is often the result of the relentless forces built up within the Earth"--P. [4] of cover.

Geological Hazards

A Sourcebook

Author: Timothy M. Kusky

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781573564694

Category: Science

Page: 297

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Looks at the scientific principles of a variety of natural geological processes, including earthquakes, droughts, volcanoes, and floods.

Encyclopedia of Earth Science

Author: New York Academy of Sciences,Timothy M. Kusky

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438110049

Category: Earth sciences

Page: 529

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Presents an illustrated A to Z reference with approximately 700 entries on topics in the earth sciences including hydrology, geology, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, and more.

Encyclopedia of Earth and Space Science

Author: Timothy M. Kusky,Katherine E. Cullen

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438128592

Category: Earth sciences

Page: 873

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Provides a comprehensive reference for Earth and space sciences, including entries on climate change, stellar evolution, tsunamis, renewable energy options, and mass wasting.

GEOGRAPHY - Volume I

Author: Maria Sala

Publisher: EOLSS Publications

ISBN: 190583960X

Category:

Page: 482

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Geography is a component of Encyclopedia of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Geographical perceptions can be traced from very ancient cultures, although geography as a science started its development during the eighteen century, it was firmly established after the Darwinian revolution and many of its fundamentals appeared during the nineteenth century. The history of geography is closely connected with the history of human society Geography embraces both the physical and human worlds, and aims to bridge natural and human sciences. For a geographer, although the environment and its conservation is a crucial item, it is also fundamentally concerned with the living standards of humankind. Although its wide embrace may be seen as a weakness, diversification is also strength and an attraction. Approaches are multidisciplinary, exploring the complex linkages between the cultural and the natural. These favor cross-cultural communication and mutual understanding at a global scale. There is a geographical basis to most of the outstanding political problems, and geographical reasons to explain them. The subject matter of the geography theme is presented basically on how the subject matter is taught presently at the universities, and following the many paths its practitioners are following in doing research. It introduces modern subject matters and goes much further than a simple description of places and travels. The theme has been divided into four main topics: Foundations, Physical Geography, Human Geography, and Technical matters. The scope of the foundation topic is to present an overview of the basis of the geographical field, its scope, history, methods, and its importance in education. The chapters included are Main Stages of the Development, Theory and Methods, and Geographical Education. The Physical Geography topic includes the historical background of the geographical study of the Earth natural environment, and the main fields cultivated by geographers. It consists of eight chapters on basic research fields, which are Geomorphology, Climatology, Hydrology, Biogeography, Soil Geography, Coastal Systems, Ocean Geography, Mountain Geoecology, and two chapters on environmental issues: Natural Hazards and Land Degradation and Desertification. In the Human Geography topic six chapters discuss the more current fields, that is: Population, Cultural and Social, Agricultural and Rural, Industries and Transport, Economic Activities and Urban Geography. Three chapters present subjects developed more recently: Medical, Political and Tourism geographies. Finally, the Regional approach is presented as the most traditional and integrative field. These volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Geodiversity

valuing and conserving abiotic nature

Author: J. M. Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

ISBN: 9780470848951

Category: Nature

Page: 434

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Since the UN Convention on Biodiversity was signed, attention has been focused on protecting and enhancing biological diversity. However, this does not include the rocks, landforms and processes that form the physical elements of our own environment. These elements have their own diversity - a geodiversity. "Geodiversity: valuing and conserving abiotic nature" is the first book to focus specifically on the geodiversity of the planet and the threats to this diversity, to explain the value of inanimate nature and to assess the approaches that should be taken to conserve it. This text is unique in several ways: Reviews different approaches taken around the world, including USA, Canada, Europe and AustraliaReviews new ideas including Natural Areas, Landscape Character, georestoration, landform design, sustainable use of geomaterials, Environmental Impact Assessment and Geodiversity Action PlansCompares geo- and biodiversity, es tablishes the need for integration of nature conservation strategies, and provides a vision for the future Beginning with an overall definition and description of geodiversity, this book examines the value of geodiversity to society and the threats that exist to it. It then goes on to survey traditional approaches to protect geodiversity and the new management agenda which is starting to be used in addition. It concludes by looking at the interrelationships of geodiversity and biodiversity and their place in sustainable land management approaches. This book is for geologists and geomorphologists, nature conservationists, ecologists, landscape planners and architects. It would also make an excellent reference for undergraduates taking courses in Environmental Management, Nature Conservation, Resource Management or Applied Geology within Departments of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, as well as Landscape Architecture, Planning and Archaeology.