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On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 (MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS)

On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 (MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS) Lowest new price: $7.49
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Author: Norma Hayes Bagnall
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Although most Americans associate earthquakes with California, the tremors that shook the Mississippi valley in southeast Missouri from December 16, 1811, through February 7, 1812, are among the most violent quakes to hit the North American continent in recorded history. Collectively known as the New Madrid earthquakes, these quakes affected more than 1 million square miles. By comparison, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake affected only 60,000 square miles, less than one-sixteenth the area of the New Madrid earthquakes.

Scientists believe that each of the three greatest tremors would have measured more than 8.0 on the Richter scale, had that measuring device been in place in 1811. Vibrations were felt from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast and from Mexico to Canada. The quake zone was in constant movement during this period. Five towns in three states disappeared, islands vanished in the Mississippi River, lakes formed where there had been none before, and the river flowed backward for a brief period.

Providing eyewitness accounts from people both on the land and on the river, Bagnall captures the fears of the residents through their tales about the smells and dark vapors that filled the air, the cries of the people, the bawling of animals, and the constant roar of the river and its collapsing banks. On Shaky Ground also traces the history of the founding of New Madrid and considers the impact of the earthquakes on population and land in southeast Missouri. Predictions for future earthquakes along the New Madrid fault, as well as instructions on preparing for and surviving a quake, are also included.

Informative, clearly written, and well illustrated, On Shaky Ground will be of interest to all general readers, especially those interested in earthquakes or Missouri history.

 

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Man and His Ecosystem 1989: Vols 1-5: World Clean Air Congress Proceedings (English and French Edition)

Man and His Ecosystem 1989: Vols 1-5: World Clean Air Congress Proceedings (English and French Edition) Lowest used price: $44.14

In recent years there has been growing international awareness of the detrimental effects of man's activities on his environment, among which are such problems as air pollution, ``acid rain'', and the ``greenhouse effect''. We cannot yet predict with certainty the potential consequences of these man-induced perturbations of the globe's radiation balance, such as climate changes with possible effects on our crops, ecological disturbances, sea level rise, etc. A prime objective today is to reduce the uncertainties with which we can predict future trends, to fill the gaps in our knowledge of a wide range of subjects from atmospheric chemistry via technology to effects of man and on the ecosystem of which he is a part. Hosted by the Society for Clean Air in The Netherlands, the 8th World Clean Air Congress was sponsored by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations. This set of five volumes contains 369 papers by authors from all parts of the world. The wide range of subjects covered can be seen from the session headings given below and the timely publication of these Proceedings ensures that the wealth of information provided is particularly up-to-date.


The Cosmic Winter

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Author: Victor Clube

During five days in late June 1975, a swarm of boulders the size of motor cars struck the moon at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour. On 30 June 1908 an object crashed on Siberia with the force of a large hydrogen bomb. The moon was also struck on 25 June 1178 struck, this time by a missile whose energy was ten times that of the combined nuclear arsenals of the world. Why late June? What is the nature of such events? And what threat do they pose to mankind? The authors aim to reveal the answers in this book. They argue that rains of fire visit the earth from time to time, destroying civilizations and plunging mankind into Dark Ages. They uncover a lost tradition of celestial catastrophe, and underpin these claims with foundations based on the latest discoveries in space. They produce a risk assessment which reveals that civilization could well come to an abrupt end, destroyed by a rain of fire followed by an icy, cosmic winter.

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Aurora Australis

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Author: Ernest Shackleton


Funny Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change But Probably Should Find Out

Funny Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change But Probably Should Find Out Lowest new price: $7.24
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Author: Kate Evans

From one of Britain's most talented young comic artists, here is a scathingly humorous, and thoroughly researched, exploration of climate change through the eyes of a stroppy teenage girl, a fat cat businessman, and a mad scientist.

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Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution

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Author: Robert E. Criss
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This book presents a quantitative treatment of the theory and natural variations of light stable isotopes. It discusses isotope distribution in the context of fractionation processes, thermodynamics, mass conservation, exchange kinetics, and diffusion theory, and includes more than 100 original equations. The theoretical principles are illustrated with natural examples that emphasize oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations in natural waters, terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks, and hydrothermal systems. New data on meteoric precipitation, rivers, springs, formation fluids, and hydrothermal systems are included in relation to various natural phenomena.
Essentially, this book seeks to reconnect the diverse phenomenological observations of isotope distribution to the quantitative theories of physical chemistry and the language of differential equations. It may serve as a textbook for advanced students, as a research reference, or as a quick source of information. The book is organized into five chapters, each followed by suggested quantitative problems and a short reference list. The three theoretical chapters progress from an elementary review of the physical chemistry of stable isotopes, to the thermodynamics of isotopic compounds, and finally to the calculation of isotope distribution in dynamic systems. The third and fifth chapters emphasize oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations in Earth's hydrosphere and lithosphere, constituting the most important examples of the theoretical principles. Appendices provide data on atomic weights of light elements, physical constants, mathematical relationships, and isotopic fractionation factors.

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Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight

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Author: Andrew Chaikin
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This is a history of flight as seen through the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and its collections. The museum attracts over eight million visitors a year and features a vast collection of flight- and space-related material from all over the world, focusing mainly on US aeronautics and space exploration.

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Catastrophic Coastal Storms: Hazard Mitigation and Development Management (Duke Press Policy Studies)

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Author: David R. Godschalk
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As people cluster on the coast in increasing numbers, coastal populations become more vulnerable to severe damage from catastrophic coastal storms. The authors contented that current public policy has proved unable to cope with the growing problem, and in response they present a comprehensive analysis of coastal storm hazards, standard policy approaches, and promising new means of managing coastal growth.

Catastrophic Coastal Storms offers a solution to the policy problem by proposing a merger of hazard mitigation with development management, basing this on extensive surveys of at-risk coastal locations and case studies of post-hurricane recovery. Starting with the local level of government and proceeding to state and federal levels, the authors propose a strategy for overcoming the formidable obstacles to safeguarding the shoreline population and its structures from hurricanes and other severe storms.

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The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science

The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science Lowest new price: $34.17
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Author: Naomi Oreskes
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In the early twentieth century, American earth scientists were united in their opposition to the new--and highly radical--notion of continental drift, even going so far as to label the theory "unscientific." Some fifty years later, however, continental drift was heralded as a major scientific breakthrough and today it is accepted as scientific fact. Why did American geologists reject so adamantly an idea that is now considered a cornerstone of the discipline? And why were their European colleagues receptive to it so much earlier? This book, based on extensive archival research on three continents, provides important new answers while giving the first detailed account of the American geological community in the first half of the century. Challenging previous historical work on this episode, Naomi Oreskes shows that continental drift was not rejected for the lack of a causal mechanism, but because it seemed to conflict with the basic standards of practice in American geology. This account provides a compelling look at how scientific ideas are made and unmade.

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The Growth and Decay of Ice (Studies in Polar Research)

The Growth and Decay of Ice (Studies in Polar Research) Lowest new price: $187.88
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Author: G. S. H. Lock

Ice exists in water, in air, in earth and in living organisms. The purpose of this book is to describe in mathematical, physical and biological terms, the growth and decay of ice, on a scale ranging from molecular to macroscopic. Consideration of the growth of ice in each of the above contexts provides a clearer understanding of the processes involved and results in a comprehensive overview not available elsewhere. This book will be of particular use to any graduate student, scientist or engineer requiring an introduction and reference for ice-related projects: theoretical or experimental; in the laboratory or the field.


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