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Natural Disasters, 9th edition, updates text, tables and figures; adds new photos; places more emphasis on processes and less on case histories. Chapter 1 now includes a brief section on disease pandemics. Chapter 13 on floods is rewritten. A brief, new Chapter 16 pulls together coastal processes and adds rip currents and tidal bores. Chapter 18 on mass extinctions (Great Dyings) is updated and available for inclusion in the textbook. Significant events added include the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami; the record-setting 2011 U.S. tornado year; and the felony conviction of seven Italian scientists for not giving better prediction of the L'Aquila earthquake. The book retains its focus on Earth's natural processes and the disasters that occur when the Earth concentrates its energy and releases it, causing death and destruction.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Energy Flows
Chapter 1: Natural Disasters and the Human Population
Chapter 2: Internal Energy and Plate Tectonics
Chapter 3: Earthquake Geology and Seismology
Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes
Chapter 5: Earthquakes throughout the United States and Canada
Chapter 6: Volcanic Eruptions: Plate Tectonics and Magmas
Chapter 7: Volcano Processes and Deadly Events
Chapter 8: Tsunami versus Wind-Caused Waves
Chapter 9: External Energy Fuels Weather and Climate
Chapter 10: Tornadoes, Lightning, Heat and Cold
Chapter 11: Hurricanes
Chapter 12: Climate Change
Chapter 13: Floods
Chapter 14: Fire
Chapter 15: Mass Movements
Chapter 16: Coastal Processes and Hazards
Chapter 17: Impacts with Space Objects
Chapter 18: The Great Dying’s – Available in Create only (http://create.mcgraw-hill.com)