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Dangerous Planet

Author: Bryn Barnard
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0449814939
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Did a meteorite wipe out the dinosaurs and allow for human evolution? Did an earthquake usher in the rise of Greek civilization? Did a snowstorm help create the New York subway? The answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! Over and over again, natural disasters have influenced the course of human history in ways great and small. From the Great Fire of London to the Great Kanto Quake, Bryn Barnard describes ten key moments when natural disasters have played a significant role in shaping our history. Highlighted with vivid and meticulously researched illustrations, Dangerous Planet demonstrates the mighty force of planet Earth–and the role humanity must play in its survival

Natural Disasters

Author: Marcia Amidon Lusted
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 9781617147753
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This title examines one of the world's critical issues, the loss of biodiversity. Readers will learn the historical background of this issue leading up to its current and future impact on society. The evolution of new species, speciation, and extinction are discussed in detail, as well as types of biodiversity and biological examples of each. Also covered are causes of extinction, such as natural catastrophes, over hunting, over harvesting, habitat loss, and global warming, and the preservation measures, conservation organizations, and legislation intended to slow down and control the loss of biodiversity. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of the loss of biodiversity. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Natural Disasters Cultural Responses

Author: Christof Mauch
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739134612
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Catastrophes, it seems, are becoming more frequent in the twenty-first century. According to UN statistics, every year approximately two hundred million people are directly affected by natural disasters_seven times the number of people who are affected by war. Discussions about global warming and fatal disasters such as Katrina and the Tsunami of 2004 have heightened our awareness of natural disasters and of their impact on both local and global communities. Hollywood has also produced numerous disaster movies in recent years, some of which have become blockbusters. This volume demonstrates that natural catastrophes_earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc._have exercised a vast impact on humans throughout history and in almost every part of the world. It argues that human attitudes toward catastrophes have changed over time. Surprisingly, this has not necessarily led to a reduction of exposure or risk. The organization of the book resembles a journey around the globe_from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and from the Pacific through South America and Mexico to the United States. While natural disasters appear everywhere on the globe, different cultures, societies, and nations have adopted specific styles for coping with disaster. Indeed, how humans deal with catastrophes depends largely on social and cultural patterns, values, religious belief systems, political institutions, and economic structures. The roles that catastrophes play in society and the meanings they are given vary from one region to the next; they differ_and this is one of the principal arguments of this book_from one cultural, political, and geographic space to the next. The essays collected here help us to understand not only how people in different times throughout history have learned to cope with disaster but also how humans in different parts of the world have developed specific cultural, social, and technological strategies for doing so.

Tsunamis

Author: Michael Woods
Publisher: LernerClassroom
ISBN: 9780822566809
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You probably have seen regular waves at a beach. Now imagine those waves being as tall as a 10-story building! These waves are a tsunami. Tsunamis are one of Earth's deadliest disasters. They can flood cities, ravage coastlines, and carry people out to sea. With dramatic images and first-hand survivor stories plus the latest facts and figures this book takes you inside the terrifying waves of a tsunami.

Outbreak Plagues That Changed History

Author: Bryn Barnard
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307489256
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“An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe.” —The Wall Street Journal Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world’s worst diseases—and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever. Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history. From the Hardcover edition.

The New Ocean The Fate Of Life In A Changing Sea

Author: Bryn Barnard
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307974030
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A fascinating look at the future of our oceans—and how human actions may change them. The Earth—our home—is covered mostly with water: the wide, deep, salty, and very blue ocean. It regulates our climate in a way that makes life as we know it possible. This huge ocean is full of an amazing amount of life, most of which is too small to see. But life in the ocean is in trouble. The ocean is becoming hotter, more polluted, and, in places, empty of life. The right amount of warming is good for us, but too much warming is causing shifts that are not good for life in the ocean. Global warming, pollution, and overfishing are creating a New Ocean, in which life is changing drastically. This book tells the stories of the probable fates of six sea dwellers: jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae. What becomes of them may help you understand what becomes of us. Praise for Bryn Barnard’s Outbreak! and Dangerous Planet: "An absorbing narrative that includes touches of humor. . . . Teachers will find many uses for this, but the book is so engaging it will also attract browsers—and hold them.” —Booklist, Starred “An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe.” —The Wall Street Journal