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Geological Hazards

From tidal waves and sandstorms to lava flows and glaciers, natural geological processes are often hazardous to human life. This book examines the scientific principles behind these processes, explaining how and why they pose a frequent threat. Twelve chapters cover such topics as:
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Tsunami
  • Mass wasting
  • Streams and floods
  • Coastal hazards
  • Deserts, droughts, and wind
  • Glaciers and glaciation
  • Hazardous geologic materials, such as asbestos and radon gas
  • Natural geologic subsidence, such as sinkholes
  • Sudden catastrophic geologic events, such as asteroid impacts Each chapter includes an extensive list of additional resources, featuring books, journal articles, Web sites, and contact information for relevant organizations. In addition to a general introduction, the volume also contains a detailed subject index and over 60 photographs, tables, and charts. Written in a clear, engaging manner with numerous examples of famous or recent geological disasters, the Sourcebook is an excellent introduction to the topic for high school and college students, as well as a valuable resource for teachers, professors, journalists, and interested general readers. Government agencies and private relief organizations that deal with natural disasters will also find the book useful.
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This book examines the scientific principles behind various natural geological processes to explain how and why they are sometimes hazardous to humans.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Earthquakes Volcanic eruptions Tsunami Mass Wasting Streams and Floods Coastal Hazards Deserts, Droughts, and wind Glaciers and Glaciation Hazards Associated with Geologic Materials Natural Geologic Subsidence Hazards Hazards of Sudden Catastrophic Geologic Events Index

About the Author

TIMOTHY M. KUSKY is a professor at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he teaches courses in geologic hazards, environmental geology, structural geology, remote sensing, tectonics, and Precambrian crustal evolution.


"Students will be intrigued by this discussion of natural processes that are often hazardous to humans. The scientific principles behind geological hazards are discussed, as well as when, where and why certain hazardous and disastrous events have taken palce. . . . [T]his will be a good starting point for a student....[R]ecommended." - Gale Reference for Students "This is a useful resource for any earth science curriculum. Recommended." - Library Media Connection "The author intended this as a reference resource, and while it could serve as such, I also think it would serve very nicely as a non-majors geology textbook. This book is a well worth adding to any collection that serves a population interested in geology, since is can serve in a variety of roles, given it's well written and interesting content." - E-STREAMS "[E]xplains to high school and college students, teachers, journalists, and general readers how the natural processes of the planet are sometimes hazardous to humans." - SciTech Book News

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