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Natural Disasters Paperback – May 25, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072428650 ISBN-10: 0072428651 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (May 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072428651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072428650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
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I just finished taking a course at Florida International University having to do with natural disasters and this book was the required text. I found the book very interesting and informative. The different forms of natural disasters were seperated by chapters and were very well explained. I found it very easy to learn about natural disasters using this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Violonista Canhoto on October 27, 1999
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As a developer of geology and earth science college textbooks for major publishers, I've worked with a lot of excellent books. Patrick Abbott's Natural Disasters, second edition, is one of the most interesting, readable, informative, and engaging books available. It doesn't have all the four-color diagrams and photos, and doesn't need them. The book tells many fascinating stories that engage students (e.g., the Lisbon earthquake of 1755), relates these natural events to humanity, and offers outstanding short summaries of geologic phenomena and events (e.g., the K-T extinction). This is one of the few books I keep on my desk to illustrate geologic events and principles for friends and coworkers. Highly recommended!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2004
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I used this book for one of my Earth and Ocean Science courses at the University of British Columbia. Although I enjoyed the many good examples, I found that the text did not have a very good flow to it. I found some of it to be choppy, and some of the sentences to be quite unclear. I agree, the examples are interesting, but it seems like the text relies on those examples to be interesting. I think a lot of processes could have been explained better, as I thought the point from class notes I received from my professors did a lot better than the text in helping me understand certain processes. I definetely agree it's a beginner text though as the examples give a good indication that natural disasters only occur because humans have inhabited locations that often times threaten lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phocas on November 9, 2008
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This is not too bad of a book, but the author seems to be really struggling for content along the way. He spends entirely too much time droning on about plate tectonics and earthquakes, when he could have approached a broader range of topics. The title should probably be Geophysical Natural Disasters. There is no coverage of naturally occuring biological disasters at all. This is purely an overview of geomorphology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Q. on April 30, 2011
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I used this book for a college class on Earthquakes and Volcanoes. It is easy to read and very interesting. I even read some of the chapters that were not required, because they were so informative. If all my science books had been so well written, I would have enjoyed my other science classes a lot more.
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By Allison on June 20, 2014
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This book works perfectly for my class. Has coffee stains or something on the pages, but I can still read it!
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By Cristina on February 18, 2014
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I really like this book for my Geology course. It explains everything very clear and direct.
The ilustrations are a plus.
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By Jake on February 8, 2014
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So fast so easy, way better than the book store! Saved 130 bucks! Almost new, just a little dinged up but nothing drastic.
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