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- DescriptionHumans persist in building centres of civilisation in places of past disasters as we believe that our techlogy will protect us next time. Yet we rarely win these battles with the earth because we don't understand natural disasters deeply eugh. Susan Kieffer's book explains how the dynamics - the workings - of disasters are connected by a small number of natural laws. She goes on to show how the most obvious process in a disaster is t always the one that causes the devastation. For instance, the transformation of apparently solid ground into a substance like quicksand during the 2010 Haiti earthquake is what caused the destruction of Port au Prince. Kieffer argues that only by understanding the dynamics of natural disasters can we begin to institute engineering and policy practices to minimise their impact on our lives.
- Author BiographySusan W. Kieffer is a professor emerita of geology at the University of Illinois and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation genius grant. Author blog: www.geologyinmotion.com
- Author(s)Susan W. Kieffer
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication19/11/2013
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Note40 illustrations
- Weight626 g
- Width158 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine28 mm
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