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Natural Disasters [Paperback]

Patrick Leon Abbott
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January 31, 2011 0073369373 978-0073369372 8
Natural Disasters, 8th edition, is marked by major changes in organization and expanded coverage of weather and climate. The discussion of natural disasters is based on 4 main energy flows: 1) Earth's internal energy flow underlies earthquakes and volcanoes, 2) the external energy flow from the Sun fuels weather and climate including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 3) gravity acts to pull down mass movements of earth and snow, and 4) impacts with asteroids and comets can have major effects on life. The book focuses on the Earth's natural processes and the disasters that occur when the Earth concentrates its energy and releases it to causing death and destruction. Throughout the book, certain themes are maintained:
  • 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;
  • detailed and readable case studies.


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    About the Author

    Pat Abbott is a professor at San Diego State University

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 512 pages
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 8 edition (January 31, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0073369373
    • ISBN-13: 978-0073369372
    • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners interested in this topic!!! January 10, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Natural Disasters makes geology interesting! October 27, 1999
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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
    3.0 out of 5 stars Natural Disasters May 6, 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and interesting read April 30, 2011
    By Tina Q.
    Format:Paperback
    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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    3.0 out of 5 stars too much time on tectonics November 9, 2008
    By phocas
    Format:Paperback
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars School Textbook June 20, 2014
    By Allison
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Illustrative February 18, 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Book February 8, 2014
    By Jake
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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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for textbook
    Was glad that I could find this book so much cheaper then what it would cost at the bookstore on campus
    Published 5 months ago by mandy martin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
    I got the book on time. it was in good condition. It was very usefull, the information in the book was very interesting.
    Published 11 months ago by george harker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook!
    The authors did a great job with this book! Everything is broken down and really goes in depth about the different natural disasters in a way that is a lot more interesting than... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Whitney Soule
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    Although I dont overly buy into the whole global warming theory, but this is a good textbook that explores a lot of different natural disasters.
    Published 19 months ago by JMB
    2.0 out of 5 stars good product but bad preaentation
    The book was exactly what i needed and was very helpful, but the entire chapter 1 was torn out and just set in the book like a leaflet. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Mrsgandy03
    1.0 out of 5 stars LONGWAIT
    I HAD TO ORDER THIS BOOK WHEN THE COLLEGE MY CHILD ATTENDS DID NOT ORDER ENOUGH. SHE WAS TWO WEEKS BEHIND WHEN IT FINALLY ARRIVED AND HAD TO WORK HARD TO CATCH UP AND KEEP UP. Read more
    Published on February 21, 2012 by collegemom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Book was in stated condition. It arrived pretty quick too! I got the shipping confirmation the same day I ordered. Read more
    Published on November 6, 2011 by dusty_moose
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Condition and Fast Shipping
    I signed up for this class late so was looking to receive the textbook quickly. Paid for the faster shipping(not especially expensive at all) and the book was on my doorstep... Read more
    Published on September 23, 2011 by Knaeli
    1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG EDITION
    The book came in a timely manner but instead of sending me the 8th edition they sent me the 4th edition. This minor detail makes a big difference! Beware!
    Published on September 1, 2011 by jennk
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