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Patrick Leon Abbott's Natural Disasters, ISBN 9780073369372 is currently in its 8th Edition and boasts a myriad of revisions in format delivery as well as extended coverage of certain topics. This textbook presents students with a look at Earth's natural processes and the disasters that result when the Earth's energy is concentrated and released, which...
Patrick Leon Abbott's Natural Disasters, ISBN 9780073369372 is currently in its 8th Edition and boasts a myriad of revisions in format delivery as well as extended coverage of certain topics. This textbook presents students with a look at Earth's natural processes and the disasters that result when the Earth's energy is concentrated and released, which can lead to death and destruction. A consistent focus on specific themes throughout this book creates a seamless flow for students. Main themes that are explored include energy sources underlying disasters, plate tectonics and climate change, earth processes operating in rock, water, and atmosphere, significance of geologic time, complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously, as well as the inclusion of in-depth yet understandable case studies. Patrick Leon Abbott strategically organizes the themes and topics of Natural Disasters across 16 chapters. Chapter 1 begins with the presentation of 'Energy Sources of Disasters' followed by chapter 2 analyzing 'Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes.' Chapter 3 delves into the 'Basic Principles of Earthquake Geology and Seismology' followed by chapter 4 investigating 'Earthquakes in Western North American' and chapter 5 examining 'Earthquakes in the Rest of North America.' 'Volcanoes' are the focus of chapter 6 while 'Volcanism and Plate Tectonics' are the topic of choice in chapter 7 and 'Mass Movements' in chapter 8. Chapter 9 delves into 'Climate Change' while chapter 10 looks at 'Severe Weather' and chapter 11 presents information on 'Hurricanes and the Coastline.' Chapter 12 discusses 'Floods' followed by chapter 13 presents the effects of 'Fire' and chapter 14 is entitled 'The Great Dyings.' This book is concluded with chapter 15 investigating 'Impacts with Space Objects' and chapter 16 examining 'Population Growth.'
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